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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, September 13, 2010
Flacco, Hershey Bomb Undisciplined Cherries, 31-10
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by Rip Snorter
Despite the relatively cool 60° temperature yesterday morning in Hershey, the Cherries (3‑2) still managed to get themselves into a big ole chocolate mess. It was ugly.

With first place in the Central Division on the line and a national audience watching on ASPN, Delaware came out flat. The Cherries’ play remained uninspired, undisciplined, and downright inept throughout. The unbeaten Hershey Bars (5‑0) raced to a 21-point 1st quarter lead on their way to a 31‑10 thrashing of the Cherries. 12 penalties — several of them inexcusable — for 101 yards contributed to Delaware’s downfall.

As did Hershey’s Joe Flacco.

The former Delaware Blue Hen completed his first 12 passes for 156 yards. For the day he completed 19 of 22 for 248 yards and 3 scores. Layer that performance on top of his night in Albany a week ago — 15-for-18 for 262 yards and 2 scores — and the descriptor “red-hot” becomes something of an understatement. The second-year pro seems well on his way to becoming one of the EFL’s elite quarterbacks.

The Cherries may have been able to make the game competitive, but they failed to convert on 4th and goal at the Hershey 6 early in the 2nd quarter. Philip Rivers, who endured a morning he’d like to forget — full of inaccurate throws and receiver drops — tried to force a pass to Donnie Avery in the end zone. Tramon Williams was double-teaming Avery and batted the ball away. In the 3rd quarter Rivers failed to connect on another 4th and goal — this time with Lee Evans — but by that time the game was essentially out of hand at 28‑3.

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, September 11
@Connecticut 10, Albany 6
Although Tom Brady was sacked 6 times and the Comets (2‑3) totaled only 191 yards, they managed to prevail over the skidding Racers (1‑4). Neither team put points on the scoreboard in the 2nd half.

@Baltimore 18, Charleston 10
Punter Jason Baker of the Bolts (4‑1) pinned the Cannons (1‑4) inside their own 20 6 times, and Vincent Jackson caught 6 Donovan McNabb passes for 100 yards in Baltimore’s win.

Philadelphia 19, @New York 13 (OT)
Rookie Percy Harvin’s 10th catch was the 24-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre that gave the Lakers (3‑2) their overtime win over the Empires (1‑4). Teammate Visanthe Shiancoe had 11 receptions for 128 yards.

Providence 33, @Syracuse 27 (OT)
Rookie Rashard Mendenhall (24-211, 2-19-1) starred as the Steam Roller (3‑2), down 21 points in the 4th quarter, roared back to stun the Crush (4‑1) in overtime and knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Washington 33, @Richmond 10
Trent Edwards (18-29-246-2-0), Adrian Peterson (16-127-1, 3-83), and Hines Ward (8-114-1) led the Capitols (3‑2) to an easy win on the road over the Rebels (0‑5).