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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, August 29, 2010
Cherries’ “D” Puts Sleeper Hold on Emps, 23-3
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by Rip Snorter
After unimpressive outings against Washington and Philadelphia, the Cherries’ defense played up to and — probably — beyond their potential last night, holding the New York Empires (1‑2) offense to a scant 3 first downs and 43 yards over the first 3 quarters. Putting a sleeper hold on their hosts, Delaware (3‑0) built a 16‑0 lead during that span and went on to post a resounding 23‑3 victory. Emps quarterback Jake Delhomme, under heavy pressure all night from Terrell Suggs and Julius Peppers, threw for only 92 yards with just 10 completions in 22 attempts.

The defense was particularly impressive against New York’s stalwart running back Steven Jackson. It sounds funny to say that given the appearance on the stats sheet of a pretty decent game for Jackson — 21 carries for 98 yards. But almost all of those yards were garbage yards in the 4th quarter. In the first 3 quarters the Cherries closed off all avenues commonly available to Jackson and sealed off all escape routes he sought, frustrating him to the tune of 11 yards on 10 carries.

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Other Games
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Saturday, August 28
@Syracuse 45, Albany 24
Jonathan Stewart ran for 125 yards and 4 touchdowns, Aaron Rodgers passed for 317 yards, and DeSean Jackson ran back a punt for a score for the 2nd game in a row as the Crush (3‑0) whipped the penalty-prone Racers (1‑2).

Charleston 34, @Richmond 13
Eli Manning connected with Jerricho Cotchery, Mario Manningham, and Donald Driver for first half scores as the Cannons (1‑2) got into the win column. For the Rebels (0‑3) Matt Cassel (10-30-102-1-1) failed to move the offense until Richmond was 5 scores in the hole.

@Providence 28, Connecticut 23
Rashard Mendenhall scored twice and Ben Roethlisberger had 3 touchdown passes as the Steam Roller (1‑2) ended their home field losing streak at 8, forging a 15-point lead through 3 quarters and holding on to dispatch the winless Comets (0‑3).

Hershey 34, @Philadelphia 26
There were 5 lead changes in this entertaining contest, the last coming on Fred Jackson’s 3rd quarter touchdown, his 3rd of the game for the Hershey Bars (3‑0). They remained undefeated despite their signal caller Joe Flacco, being outpassed by Brett Favre of the Lakers (1‑2), 367-89.

Sunday, August 29
@Washington 23, Baltimore 7
The Capitols (2‑1) avoided falling into a 2-game hole in the Southern due in large measure to Adrian Peterson’s 120 yards and 2 scores. Penalties wiped out a Darren Sproles punt return TD and a 47-yard Kolb-to-Chambers completion inside the 5 for the Bolts (2‑1).