Sullivan, Wildcats Pass Non-league Test
WILMINGTON -- Behind four touchdown passes from senior quarterback Andrew Sullivan, the Wilmington High football team rolled to a 35-10 win over Bedford at Alumni Stadium in clash between non-league rivals Friday night.
Wilmington broke open what had been a close 14-7 second quarter lead, dominating the second half on its way to their second victory in as many tries this season as they prepare to kick off Middlesex League play next week.
In addition to Sullivan’s (12-for-18, 131 yards) big night, senior running back Peter Marino (16 rushes, 127 yards, one TD) also had a big night for the Wildcats, keeping the Bucs’ defense off balance all night long as the effectively mixed the run and the pass.
Wilmington got on the board first midway through the first quarter, going on a seven-play, 66-yard drive capped off by Sullivan’s first touchdown pass of the night, a two-yard strike to senior wide receiver Kyle Kenyon. The first of five Adam Bishop extra points made the score 7-0 with 6:13 left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats would double their lead later in the quarter when Sullivan connected with senior Connor Benoit for an 18-yard scoring pass to the back corner of the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
Bedford would fight back, however, with a little trickery leading the way, when wide receiver Brendan Jones connected with quarterback Panayiotis Kapanides on a double pass for a 31-yard gain down to the Wilmington 22-yard line. One play later, the Bucs were a little more traditional when Kapanides connected with Jones on a 22-yard touchdown pass to pull them within 14-7 with 6:37 left in the half.
An eight-play, 53-yard drive for the Wildcats capped off by a great throw and catch between Sullivan and Benoit for a 28-yard touchdown which extended the Wilmington lead to 21-7with 2:25 left in the half.
Bedford would get on the board one more time before the end of the half when Kapanides booted a 32-yard field goal with 30 seconds left, but after that it was all Wilmington in the second half.
Marino opened the second half scoring for the Wildcats, as they needed just three plays to score after Bedford fumbled the opening kickoff, making the score 28-10, and later in the half, the Wildcats put together another impressive drive, marching 76 yards on eight plays before Sullivan finished the drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Bailey Smith with 6:34 left in the game.