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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, September 19, 2010
Logan, Cherries Outgun Manning, Cannons, 52-38
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by Rip Snorter
When rookie return specialist Stefan Logan fumbled on 4 punt returns in his first 4 games (fortunately losing only one), Jon Brams and the Cherries braintrust were regretting having spent their 8th round draft choice on the diminutive speedster out of South Dakota. Last night Logan made up for the fumbles in spades by reeling off a pair of consecutive 83-yard kickoff returns in the 2nd half when Eli Manning and the Charleston offense had the Delaware defense on the ropes.

After each of those returns, the Cherries (4‑2) scored a touchdown on the next play, and they went on to win a 52‑38 shootout over the Cannons (1‑5). It was the most points scored by the Cherries since they massacred Connecticut, 55‑10, in 1998 on their way to an EFL championship. The combined 90-point total last night was the most points scored in any EFL game since the Lakers and Bolts totaled 94 in a 2001 game won by Philadelphia, 49‑45.

Last night the Cherries and Cannons basically traded touchdowns in the 2nd half, during which the teams combined for 59 points. Analyze the mathematics and you can attribute the final 14-point margin to Delaware having the first and last touchdowns in the game, the former by Heath Miller in the 1st quarter and the latter by Sidney Rice on an athletic reception with just over 4 minutes left. The 2nd half pattern varied only in the aftermath of the game’s only turnover: Late in the 3rd quarter Lawrence Timmons sacked Manning and jarred the ball loose. Willie Parker of the Cannons picked it up but he failed to secure it, and the Cherries’ LaMarr Woodley ended up with the ball at the Charleston 23. Delaware cashed in with a 42-yard John Kasay field goal, increasing their lead to 38‑24 as the 3rd quarter ended.

Logan’s other 5 kickoff returns were pretty impressive by themselves — 30, 29, 30, 15, and 29 yards. For the night he finished with an amazing 299 yards on 7 kickoff returns. He also returned a punt 12 yards.

And no fumbles.

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, September 18
Albany 31, @Washington 20
Jason Campbell passed for 252 yards and 4 touchdowns, and Thomas Jones rushed for 134 yards as the Racers (2‑4) snapped a 3-game losing streak with a win over the Capitols (3‑3).

Baltimore 27, @Philadelphia 23
DeAngelo Williams broke the 4th tie of the game with his 2nd touchdown to propel the Bolts (5‑1) past the Lakers (3‑3) and into a 2-game lead in the Southern Division.

Providence 24, @Hershey 21
The Steam Roller (4‑2) dealt the Hershey Bars (5‑1) their first loss when Ben Roethlisberger connected with Fred Davis for a 6-yard scoring pass as time expired. Providence has now won 4 in a row for the first time since 2006.

@Connecticut 20, Richmond 14 (OT)
The surging Comets (3‑3) beat the Rebels (0‑6) in overtime on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to first overall draft choice Jermichael Finley. LaDainian Tomlinson had tied the game just inside the 2-minute warning on a 9-yard run.

Sunday, September 19
@Syracuse 28, New York 7
The Crush (5‑1) stayed alone atop the Northern Division by whipping the punchless Empires (1‑5). DeSean Jackson had another punt return for a touchdown, his 4th of the season, for Syracuse.