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Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, October 31, 2010
Cherries Hammer Rebels, 31-12, Seize Division Lead
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by Rip Snorter
Ray Rice rushed for 3 2nd half touchdowns to lead the Cherries (8‑4) to a 31‑12 victory over the Richmond Rebels (3‑9). Philip Rivers completed 20 of 27 passes for 278 yards.

Delaware’s win, coupled with Baltimore’s 33‑7 thrashing of the Hershey Bars (7‑5), gave Delaware sole possession of first place in the Central Division with 2 games to play. Those outcomes also brought the Cherries’ playoff prospects into sharper focus.

The Cherries would gain their 5th consecutive playoff berth if they win their game Saturday against the Lakers in Philadelphia and either of the following happens in week 13:

The league announced last night that the Connecticut-Syracuse game has been flexed — that is, rescheduled — to next Sunday morning and will be nationally televised on ASPN.

It took awhile for the Cherries to find their rhythm against the Rebels. Late in the 2nd quarter Delaware held only a slim 3‑2 lead. Once they found their rhythm, they scored touchdowns on four consecutive possessions, not counting the final seconds of the first half when they started from their own 1. Those four touchdowns put the game out of Richmond’s reach at 31‑5.

If Delaware has a worry going into the stretch drive toward the playoffs it would be the kicking of John Kasay. After having missed a late field goal attempt last week that may very well have cost the Cherries the game against Albany, Kasay missed 2 of his 3 attempts against the Rebels. This is an especially bad time of the season for a team’s kicker to become undependable.

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Other Games
(links to box scores)

Saturday, October 30
Baltimore 33, @Hershey 7
Donovan McNabb threw for 375 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Bolts (9‑3) smashed the Hershey Bars (7‑5) to clinch the Southern Division title. Baltimore had a 464‑270 edge in total yards.

New York 15, @Connecticut 0
The Empires (4‑8) won their 3rd straight by blanking the Comets (7‑5). The New York defense limited Tom Brady to 128 yards through the air and sacked him 5 times.

Philadelphia 30, @Syracuse 27
Visanthe Shiancoe’s 9th catch was the 11-yard scoring pass from Brett Favre with 0:15 left that lifted the Lakers (6‑6) over the Crush (8‑4). Favre was 23-for-35 for 311 yards with 2 touchdowns and one interception.

@Providence 24, Washington 10
The Steam Roller (6‑6) never trailed as they snapped a 4-game skid by defeating the Capitols (5‑7). Ben Roethlisberger passed for 247 yards with 21 completions in 29 attempts. Adrian Peterson ran for 208 yards for Washington.

Sunday, October 31
@Charleston 34, Albany 31
Jamaal Charles scored on a 7-yard run with 0:22 left to give the Cannons (5‑7) a thrilling win over the Racers (4‑8). The game had 6 lead changes, including 4 in the 4th quarter.