Plummer’s interception sends Woodbridge back to football championship

GREENWOOD, Del. – Woodbridge overcame a fourth quarter deficit to earn a trip back to the Division-II championship. The Blue Raiders scored twice in the final eleven minutes to defeat Caravel, 21-20.

Tyrez Cannon broke loose for a 74-yard run on the opening Blue Raider possession, but fumbled the ball at the 2-yard line. Caravel recovered the fumble to prevent any early damage.

It didn’t take long for the Henlopen squad to break through the goal line. Cannon made up for his mistake with a 2-yard scoring run late in the first quarter.

Another blunder by the home team kept the game close early.

Jordan Evans intercepted a Caravel pass and returned the ball deep into Buccaneer territory, but the run would be called back for a block in the back on the return. Woodbridge would not score on the drive.

Caravel’s Jermaine Earl, a 6’1″ junior wide receiver, was the star of the day for the Buccaneers. His one-handed catch on a third down fade route nodded the score at 7.

Running back Ethan Potter dove in from three yards out in the closing minutes of the first half, giving Caravel a 14-7 halftime edge.

A scary moment occurred in the third quarter when Woodbridge QB-LB Daulton Perdue had to be helped to the sideline. Trey Haynes went under center for two plays on offense before Perdue returned.

Woodbridge tied the score at 14 when Perdue lateraled to Evans on a 29-yard run with 10:44 remaining.

The biggest swing of the game came on the next Caravel possession.

Jayquon Massey stepped in front of a Jakob Hoffman pass and returned it to the house, putting the defending champs back on top.

Jermaine Earl came up with another clutch catch on a 23-yard pass from Hoffman with 5:57 to go. The 2-point conversion try was stopped, and Woodbridge retained a 1-point advantage.

Woodbridge used their run game to eat away at the clock, but was forced to punt with just under a minute to play.

An interception by Michael Plummer sent The Bridge into a frenzy with 33 seconds remaining, sealing the Woodbridge Blue Raiders third trip to the Division-II title game in four years.

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