Brian O Neill’s 63 yard reception paces Salesianum to 23-7 win over Middletown

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Delaware football

By David A. Willauer-Contributing Editor-Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium-Newark, DE

After a 27-0 Middletown win over Salesianum for the Division I State Title that was held at Delaware State University down in Dover, the Sals during the regular season defeated the Cavs by a 23-10 score in that contest that was held at Baynard Stadium in Wilmington, Penn.

State Bound Troy Reeder carried the ball for 230 yards. He scored 2 long touchdown runs of 22 and 46 yards and ended the Cavaliers 23 game winning streak and won by a 24-13 score at Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium. The son of former Christiana High School and University of Delaware fullback Danny Reeder, after trailing 7-3 after Darius Wade for the Cavs 14 completions out of 25 attempts for 167 yards and 1 interception threw a 35 yard pass to Dennis Burger for the only score of the game for the Cavs. The Sals came back by a 10-7 lead as Pittsburgh bound tight end 6’7″ Brian O Neill (3 receptions for 75 yards) caught a pass from qb Matt Sgro 9 completions out of 13 attempts for 140 yards caught a 63 yard touchdown reception. Again Troy Reeder with his running speed as he carried the ball 25 carries for 136 yards scored 2 touchdown runs of 3 and 11 yards on the Tubby Raymond Field Astroturf back where his father used to play to make the final score 23-7.

Brian O Neill Salesianum wide receiver on the 63 yard run: “I saw the ball coming to me and had no idea where I was I thought I was out of bounds and kept running and kept praying as I said please don’t touch me the ball was on the back of my shoulder as Middletown’s Dennis Burger 5’10” 150 pound defender was following me and outran him for the score, I also give a lot of credit to the coaching staff prepared us for this game and we brought the trophy to our school.” “Troy Reeder is a good teammate and my best friend he is a brick wall we worked all together in summer lifting weights for us to win.”

Troy Reeder on his 2 touchdowns: “We stepped up in huge situations and came out with big plays when we did it’s good for our teammates to win a state title as I give credit to our offensive line this was the best season that we had as I told the o line this one was for them as in our defense played fundamental defense a lot of guys stepped up for us today.”

Billy DiNardo Head Football Coach at Salesianum: “Our kids never quit they were relentless have never recovered and did the responsibilies that they had to do on after trailing 7-3 we recovered and defeated a good Middletown team before the game I talked to Mark Del Percio and said that we are the 2 best teams in the state.” “Brian O Neill’s 63 yard td reception was a big play as our kids did a check off play down 7-3 my qb Matt Sgro checked off and looked for Brian O Neill ran very hard for the score after the game I showed them the poster was a remembrance of last years defeat down at Delaware State.”

This is Head Coach Billy Dinardo’s 4th title at Salesianum.

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