Hens clawed by Black Bears, drop from polls
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:10
Newark—The Delaware football team entered Saturday’s matchup at No. 23 Maine with an opportunity to break further into the Football Championship Series coaches’ poll and establish itself as one of the CAA’s premier squads. But after giving up 27 first-quarter points, the Black Bears embarrassed Delaware and sent the Hens home with a crushing 62-28 defeat.
Delaware is now 4-2 on the season and has dropped out of the Top 25 rankings. On a conference call yesterday, head coach Dave Brock said the Hens need to minimize the mistakes on both sides of the football.
“Right now, I would say we’re consistently inconsistent, which is not how you want to be defined as a football team,” Brock said. “We just have to keep practicing and keep making sure people get better, make sure we’re coaching it better.”
The game started in an ugly fashion for Delaware’s junior quarterback Trent Hurley. On the team’s first drive, Hurley had two incomplete passes to junior wide receiver Michael Johnson and sophomore wide receiver Jerel Harrison, then was sacked by Maine defensive lineman Trevor Bates for a loss of 15 yards. The Hens punted on the next play, and then gave up a six-play, 66-yard touchdown drive that took the Black Bears just over two minutes.
The Hens went three-and-out on their next drive. Delaware’s defense allowed Maine to march 55-yards down the field in five plays for another touchdown, pushing the Black Bears’ lead to 14-0.
Just when things did not look like they could get any worse, Hurley threw his sixth interception of the season to Maine defender Mike Mangiarelli, who returned it 43-yards for the Black Bears’ third touchdown in just over 10 minutes of play.
“We had a great start to the game against Delaware,” said Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove during a conference call yesterday. “I’ve never been a part of a start like that.”
The Hens finally showed signs of life late during the first quarter, when Hurley hit Johnson for a 22-yard touchdown pass. But that is as close as the Hens got to Maine for the remainder of the game.
With four minutes and 53 seconds remaining in the first-half, Maine running back Nigel Jones scored on a 33-yard reception. The Black Bears brought a 34-15 lead into the half, and then scored the first 28 points of the second half to put the game out of reach for Delaware.
“We missed a couple throws, dropped a couple balls and certainly it adds up to not playing near well enough to be competitive,” Brock said. “It’s disappointing. It’s disappointing for our fans and certainly disappointing for the people in the program.”