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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, August 14, 2010
Cherries Strike Early, Hold Off Caps — Barely, 28-22
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by Rip Snorter
That the EFL 2010 season opener last night at Delaware Stadium was a rematch of the 2009 Cherries-Washington championship game was overshadowed by sartorial intrigue, more than likely to the home team's benefit. With the Caps looking like fish out of water wearing Delaware’s road uniforms — their own uniforms would finally arrive at halftime — the Cherries sprinted to a 21‑0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of 3 Philip Rivers scoring passes.

Washington rallied furiously, as they did in that championship game, but unlike the championship game, the Cherries did not fritter away the entire lead. Ray Edwards made a huge play to foil Washington's attempt to tie the score with a 2-point conversion as the fourth quarter started. Then Donnie Avery leaped to the fore to restart the offense, which had been dormant, helping the Cherries hold on for a 28‑22 victory.

Avery started the key drive, which began with Delaware clinging to a 21‑19 lead, with a leaping grab of a Rivers pass for a 17-yard gain to the Capitols 45. Nine plays later Avery eluded Chris Gamble, dodged around traffic, and caught a bullet from Rivers for a 10-yard touchdown to make it a two-score game. The Cherries needed that insurance as they would do little to distinguish themselves the rest of the way, enabling the issue to remain in doubt until the closing seconds.

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, August 14
Baltimore 24, @Providence 3
Donovan McNabb of the Bolts (1‑0) easily bested Ben Roethlisberger of the Steam Roller (0‑1) in this battle of transplanted signal-callers. McNabb had lots of help from EFL 2009 leading rusher DeAngelo Williams who had 165 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown.

@Hershey 30, Connecticut 23
Joe Flacco's 2nd touchdown pass of the 4th quarter, an 11-yarder to Fred Jackson with 4:15 to go, capped a rally by the Hershey Bars (1‑0) from a 10-point deficit for a hard-fought win over the Comets (0‑1).

@New York 24, Richmond 10
The Empires (1‑0) shut down the Rebels (0‑1) in the second half and coasted to victory. Steven Jackson was a workhorse for New York with 144 yards on 21 trips and 5 catches for 30 yards. Richmond turned the ball over 4 times.

Syracuse 31, @Charleston 27
Jonathan Stewart of the Crush (1‑0) and Jamaal Charles of the Cannons (0‑1) each scored two touchdowns but Stewart had the decider, a 19-yard run with 13:18 left. Brent Celek contributed 7 catches for 106 yards for Syracuse. Charleston's cause was hurt by 3 turnovers.

Sunday, August 15
Philadelphia 16, @Albany 14
The Racers (0‑1) overcame a 13-point 1st quarter deficit, largely on the back of Jason Campbell’s passing (20-29-317-2-1), but quickly gave the lead back to the Lakers (1‑0).