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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, October 10, 2010
Cherries Spank Hershey Bars, 28-7, Share Division Lead
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by Rip Snorter
The Cherries (6‑3) took full advantage of their opportunity to deadlock the Central Division race, spanking the Hershey Bars (6‑3), 28‑7, in front of a very vocal Delaware Stadium crowd. The victory avenged the 31‑10 beating the Cherries took nearly a month ago in Chocolatetown.

Jason Avant, enjoying increased playing time due to the absence of the fatigued Donnie Avery, was on the receiving end of 2 Philip Rivers touchdown passes. Avant had 6 catches in all, far exceeding his previous career high. Ray Rice had the other 2 Delaware scores. Sidney Rice had his 2nd straight 100-yard receiving game.

A stifling Delaware defense held Hershey to 229 yards and knocked ex-Blue Hen Joe Flacco out of the game late in the 2nd quarter after just 4 pass completions. The defense was most effective on 3rd down holding the visitors to 2 conversions in 12 opportunities. Meanwhile, Rivers and the Cherries’ offense were great on 3rd down: they faced 16 such situations and converted 10.

Rivers did not let a pair of interceptions late in the 1st half mar an otherwise efficient outing. For the night he was 25-for-40 for 298 yards, including the 2 7-yard scores to Avant.

With 8:21 to go and Delaware in front 21‑7, Terrell Suggs quelled the last real Hershey threat with a nifty red zone pick of a Kyle Boller pass intended for Fred Jackson. Suggs and Brandon Carr led the defense in tackles, each with 6.

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, October 9
Baltimore 24, @Charleston 19
DeAngelo Williams ran for 123 yards and 2 scores as the Bolts (7‑2) downed the Cannons (3‑6). Eli Manning passed for 391 yards and 2 touchdowns for Charleston but he was picked off twice and sacked 6 times.

Connecticut 29, @Albany 26
Tom Brady and Mark Clayton teamed up on 3 touchdown passes for the Comets (6‑3) as they built up a 19-point lead and then held off a furious late charge by the Racers (3‑6). The win was Connecticut’s 6th straight.

@Philadelphia 24, New York 17
The Lakers (4‑5) got a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to rookie Percy Harvin with 11:42 left to send the Empires (1‑8) to their 8th consecutive loss. For New York Steven Jackson ran for 209 yards on 27 carries.

@Washington 24, Richmond 9
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 3 interceptions in the first half, but he offset them with 3 scoring passes in the second half to rally the Capitols (4‑5) past the basement-dwelling Rebels (1‑8).

Sunday, October 10
Syracuse 31, @Providence 27
Brent Celek caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Aaron Rodgers with 2:24 to go to give the Crush (8‑1) the win over the Steam Roller (5‑4). DeSean Jackson had his 5th punt return touchdown of the season for Syracuse.