Archmere defeats Woodbridge to advance to state championship

Jason WinchellHeadlines, Sports

CLAYMONT — Miles Kempski led a prolific Archmere offense with three rushing touchdowns and two more through the air as the Auks clinched a trip to the DIAA Class 2A championship with a 56-28 win over Woodbridge on a sun-splashed day at Coaches Field on Nov. 25.

The Auks and Blue Raiders began their assault on the scoreboard immediately, with Archmere not letting up at all. The Blue Raiders’ Traci Johnson scored the first two times he touched the ball, only to see the Auks answer each time. The Bridge took its final lead at 22-14 after quarterback Logan Moran hit Ji’Kare Banks early in the second, but Kempski and Archmere tied it up two minutes later, the first of 29 unanswered Auks points.

The Auks got a 4-yard scoring run from Ryan Hagenberg on the opening drive of the second half, taking the lead by six. Archmere recovered a Blue Raiders fumble a few plays later, leading to a 19-yard run by Kempski. The quarterback then hit Drew Duncan on a fourth-down play to extend the lead to 43-22, and the large crowd watching from the hill overlooking Coaches Field began thinking about another trip to Delaware Stadium.

But Johnson showed them he wasn’t finished. He scored from 49 yards out, and Woodbridge recovered an onside kick, generating some excitement among the fans wearing blue. The Bridge, however, lost the ball on downs, and the Auks ended up scoring twice more.

Kempski ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns, and he threw for 171 yards and two scores. Duncan caught both TD passes and had four catches overall for 111 yards. Blesington led the defense with 10 tackles, while Christian Wittmeyer had nine tackles and an interception.

The Auks improved to 9-3 and will take on No. 1 Caravel at Delaware Stadium at 3 p.m. on Dec. 2. The Buccaneers defeated the Auks, 28-2, on Sept. 29, the last time Archmere lost.

No stats were available for Woodbridge. The Blue Raiders finished the season 9-3.

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