Wilmington at Hickory, 10/10

2014 High School Football: Week 7
Friday, October 10 
Wilmington (4-1) at Hickory (4-2)

Last Five Meetings
Sept. 13, 2013 – Hickory, 42-6
Nov. 24, 2012 – Hickory, 39-7
Sept. 14, 2012 – Wilmington, 35-28
Sept. 30, 2011 – Wilmington, 28-27
Oct. 1, 2010 – Hickory, 35-19

Series Note: Hickory has won four of the last six meetings with Wilmington. Prior to the win in 2009, the Hornets had not defeated the ‘Hounds since 2003 (19-0). In 2012, Hickory defeated Wilmington (39-7) in the District 10 Class AA Championship game.

Last Meeting: Hickory was able to register 265 yards on the ground (29 carries) as a team in their 42-6 win. Lou Derloni and DeQuan Lewis both had 2 rushing touchdowns.

Memorable Showdown
October 2, 2009 – Hickory 21 Wilmington 14
…The Hornets ended a six-game skid to Wilmington after being outscored 47.2 to 11.5 with a 21-14 win at Greyhound Stadium. Hickory picked off Jake DeMedal three times and Marlon Pegues ran for 145 yards on 11 carries in their improbable win in New Wilmington.

Wilmington is 3-0 on the road this year. In the Greyhounds’ three victories since their season opening 28-18 win against Grove City, Wilmington has 10 takeaways compared to just 2. In last week’s contest against Reynolds, the Greyhounds’ scored four rushing touchdowns by four different ball carriers (Kyle Slicker, Cody Llewellyn, Jacob Sotter, Spencer DeMedal). Wilmington outgained Reynolds, 445-51. Coach Terry Verrelli notched his 280th win last week in their 28-7 homecoming victory over Reynolds. Verrelli has won 70% of his games since beginning at Wilmington thirty-six years ago.

Hound quarterback Llewellyn threw for 3 scores against Farrell on September 26. Senior wideout Marc Peoples missed the first three weeks recovering from a broken collarbone but returned for the game against Farrell to snag a touchdown.

Hickory was 2-0 at home having outscored the opposition 77-0 prior to last week’s 13-10 loss to Greenville in Hermitage.

The Hornets averaged 349.5 yards of total offense through their first four games. Since then, Hickory has been held to 152.5 yards of total offense through their last two. Over the course of their losing streak, the Hornets have accumulated just 76 rushing yards.

Despite dropping their last two games, Hickory’s defense has allowed only 34 points through their first six contests.

The offense has been led by their three-headed monster (Andrew Pryts, Chuck Carr and Lou Derloni). Pryts leads the Hornets with 373 yards rushing (6.4 ypc, 3 TDs) followed by Carr (344 yards, 5.6 ypc, 4 TDs) and Derloni with his 212 yards (6.1 ypc, 3 TDs). The sophomore Carr left last game with an injury and didn’t return.

The two schools are the only from District 10 to win the PIAA Class AA Championship. In 1989, Hickory knocked off Montoursville (30-22). In 2008, Wilmington outlasted West Catholic (35-34) in double overtime.

2014 Rankings
Points Scored: Wilmington, 30.8; Hickory, 28.0
Points Allowed: Hickory, 5.7; Wilmington, 18.0

Wilmington: Terry Verrelli,36th season (280-118-3)
Hickory: Bill Brest, 5th season (47-11)

Next Up
Wilmington: at Lakeview (Week 8), Sharpsville (Week 9), Slippery Rock (Week 10)
Hickory: Grove City (Week 8), at Titusville (Week 9)

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