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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, October 17, 2010
Disciplined Cherries Topple Crush, 25-20
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by Rip Snorter
A well-disciplined Cherries (7‑3) team went into Syracuse, outworked the Crush (8‑2), and came away with a richly deserved 25‑20 victory. The win was the 3rd straight for Delaware, all coming against opponents sporting winning records at kickoff.

Cherries coach Jon Brams, who thoroughly outcoached his Syracuse counterpart John Heim, was grateful for his squad’s fine play. “I’m really proud of the guys’ execution, discipline, and effort tonight. They didn’t let the red zone problems get them down. They shook off [DeSean] Jackson’s punt return [for a touchdown late in the 3rd quarter]. They just kept plugging. Do that and you usually make enough good things happen to earn the ‘W’.”

Philip Rivers passed the Cherries up and down the field in the first half. By halftime he had completed 19-of-28 for 247 yards. Sidney Rice was over 100 yards receiving well before the break. But 3 times in the half the Cherries sputtered in the red zone. On those occasions they settled for John Kasay field goals. As the half closed Kasay connected on another — from 47 yards out — to shave Syracuse’s lead to 13‑12.

Early in the 2nd half, Brandon Carr snagged an errant Aaron Rodgers toss giving the Cherries great field position at the Crush 37. Two plays later Rivers threw a beautiful bomb to Donnie Avery for a 31-yard score. That put the Cherries ahead for the 3rd time, 18‑13. However, Rivers overthrew Sidney Rice on the 2-point conversion attempt.

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, October 16
@Richmond 35, Albany 31
Ryan Grant capped a wild 4th quarter with a 13-yard touchdown run to give the Rebels (2‑8) the come-from-behind win over the Racers (3‑7). Steve Smith starred in victory with 211 yards on 6 catches.

@Connecticut 34, Baltimore 10
Tom Brady was 24-for-32 for 317 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Comets (7‑3) drilled the Bolts (7‑3) for their 7th consecutive triumph.

@Hershey 24, Charleston 3
The Hershey Bars (7‑3) rode 3 interceptions to a convincing win over the Cannons (3‑7). Charleston was held to 230 yards with only 77 coming through the air.

@Philadelphia 33, Providence 17
Lawrence Tynes was perfect on 6 field goal attempts, 3 of them 40-plus yards, and they were the difference in the victory by the Lakers (5‑5) over the Steam Roller (5‑5).

Sunday, October 17
@New York 24, Washington 3
Matt Moore was 20-for-33 for 180 yards and 2 scores in his first start of the season for the Empires (2‑8) as halted their losing streak at 8 by drubbing the Capitols (4‑6). Washington had 4 turnovers.