The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association division 1A football state championship featured two teams who have never won a football state championship nor competed for one. The Tatnall Hornets and Wilmington Charter Force faced off Saturday afternoon in both teams’ first ever football championship competition. Which meant one of these teams was gonna be crowned a state champion.
The Tatnall Hornets defeated the Force to win their first ever football state championship. The Hornets were led by their all star quarterback RahShon LaMons as well as their stingy defense that locked down the Force.
LaMons, even though he was hampered by an ankle injury, was able to affect the game in other ways than just using his running abilities like usual. LaMons was 8-9 on passing attempts for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Normally he diced up defenses with the run, but showed off his passing abilities when it counted most. He did rush the ball 15 times for 66 yards, but was mainly used on first down opportunities.
On the receiving end of LaMons passes Micah Stamper led all receivers catching all 4 of his targets for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. Stamper made some amazing catches especially in the fourth quarter as LaMons hit him in the corner of the endzone for a 19-0 tatnall lead. Jayden Minor and Chris Gordon each caught 2 passes well for Tatnall.
The Tatnall defense was throwing a shutout for 45 minutes until about 3 minutes left in the game when the Force were able to score on a 2 yard rush from their quarterback Roman Paoli. Tatnall held the Force to just 92 total yards in the game 63 passing yards, and 29 passing yards. They were able to hold them to just 1-8 on third down conversions which played a pivotal role in the victory. Lineman Justin Smith was the anchor for the defense totaling 5 tackles with 4 of them being solo.
The Hornets defeated the Force for their first ever football state championship by a score of 26-7. The reclassification of division has been a great thing for high school football making the games more competitive as well as giving more schools the opportunity to compete for a state championship as you see the evidence here in this game for the Tatnall Hornets.
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