GREENWOOD, Del.- The Henlopen South battle between Indian River and Woodbridge is the WBOC Sports game of the week.
Both the Indians and Blue Raiders stand 3-3 and will play for their fourth win on the season.
While both teams share the same record, Indian River is 3-0 in division play. Woodbridge is 2-1.
After losing their first three games of the season, the Indians sprang up as the surprise comeback team in the division by winning their next three.
“The morale of our team has built up over these last three wins,” Indian River cornerback Gerald Foreman said. “We’re just going to keep going. We are going hard at practice to keep the wins coming.”
The Indians are currently tied with Lake Forest for first place in the Henlopen South.
Woodbridge is coming off a 57-0 blowout win over Seaford. They are hoping to bring that same intensity to the game.
“I want it bad,” Woodbridge middle linebacker Jaylyn Magee said. “I fee like we should have won it last year, but we have to win it this year.”
The Blue Raiders came up short last year against the Indians, 28-13.
A key matchup to watch is Woodbrige’s offensive line against IR’s defensive front. Woodbridge Head Coach Ed Manlove admits that his offense line is one of the youngest groups on the field.
“I think the biggest matchup will be the mistakes,” Manlove said. “Both teams have pretty good offenses and pretty good defenses. Whoever has the least amount of mistakes has the biggest chance of winning the game.”
IR has their eye on the weaknesses of Woodbridge and are hoping to capitalize off of them.
“We know a couple spots that we feel they’ve got some younger players,” Indian River Head Coach Phillip Townsend said. “We can make some plays but it really comes down to the kids. All 11 guys on the defense playing together as a team.”
Indian River had a tough schedule in the beginning of the season before they entered conference play. They only put up a total of 12 points in their first three games. After their first win on the season, a 48-0 blowout against Seaford, momentum started to build.
“I’m really ecstatic for it. My team is ecstatic too,” Indian River middle linebacker Lane Harmon said. ” We are really looking forward to the mission of going out and trying to win the south.”
After Woodbridge’s confidence-boosting game lat week against Seaford, where they scored on the first drive, they feel the momentum as well.
“We come out pretty hard,” Magee said. “[We’re] ready to hit hard so that should play a big part in this game.”
Woodbridge will host Indian River on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.