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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, August 22, 2010
Rivers, Cherries Administer 38-23 Licking to Lakers
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by Rip Snorter
Philip Rivers put on a show for the near-sellout crowd at Delaware Stadium last night, passing for 340 yards — 240 in the first half — and 3 touchdowns, as the Cherries (2‑0) whipped the Philadelphia Lakers (1‑1), 38‑23. In the second half as Rivers' output dropped, Ray Rice, after 3 undistinguished halves wearing red and white, displayed the form that would justify the high draft pick Delaware expended for him, scoring two touchdowns.

The Lakers were spirited despite their rash of early-season injuries, but the Cherries countered each Philadelphia thrust with a parry. Two sequences stood out:

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, August 21
@Hershey 21, New York 7
Joe Flacco (26-35-280-2-2) and the Hershey Bars (2‑0) statistically dominated this turnover-filled contest but couldn't put away the Empires (1‑1) until Greg Jennings scored inside the 2-minute mark. Fred Jackson ran for 99 yards on an astounding 35 carries.

@Albany 24, Providence 17
The Steam Roller (0‑2) gave up a 10-point 2nd quarter lead and suffered a road defeat to the Racers (1‑1). Special teams helped turn the tide for Albany as Josh Brown missed 2 field goal attempts and rookie Domenik Hixon took a punt 92 yards to the house.

@Baltimore 19, Richmond 14
Five takeaways helped the Bolts (2‑0) turn back the Rebels (0‑2). Vincent Jackson had 7 catches for 101 yards. Kevin Kolb (16-24-182) was effective in relief of Donovan McNabb after the starter went down and missed the last 25 minutes of the first half.

Washington 31, @Charleston 10
Terrell Thomas intercepted an Eli Manning pass on the last play of the first half and returned it 91 yards for a touchdown to put the Capitols (1‑1) ahead to stay. Manning was awful for the Cannons (0‑2), completing just 12 of 36 passes for 117 yards.

Sunday, August 22
Syracuse 31, @Connecticut 25
LaRon Landry returned an interception and DeSean Jackson returned a punt for touchdowns 2 minutes apart, helping to stake the Crush (2‑0) to a 28‑0 lead. A comeback by the Comets (0‑2) sparked by Willis McGahee (7‑134, 1‑11) ultimately fell short.