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Second half surge lifts Wilmington over Farrell @farrellfootball @Hounds4L @smcconahy44

Written by: on Saturday, September 19th, 2020


Wilmington used a 21-0 second half to down Farrell 41-20 Friday night Lou Falconi Stadium.

“This speaks to the resiliency of the boys,” said Wilmington head coach Brandon Phillian. “We talk about handling and concurring adversity. Farrell is a great football, and we respect that program. Our kids responded at halftime when things weren’t going well.”

The “Hounds pounded out 270 yards rushing in the second half, including 162 from Ethan Susen, who finished with a game-high 222 yards on 19 carries.

“That’s our identity offensively,” said Phillian. “We want to run the football. We’ve got a great offensive line, four of the five are returning starters. They understand their blocking schemes. We have five great skill guys and a great dual-threat quarterback too.”

Quarterback Caelan Bender broke a 20-20 tie when he scored his second touchdown on a 17-yard run late in the third quarter giving Wilmington a 27-20 lead.


Bender’s 1-yard touchdown sneak tied the game at seven after a quarter. He rushed for 84 yards on nine carries while completing 3-of-6 passes for 24 yards.

“Caelan is a terrific leader, Phillian said. “He comes to practice every day, and the kids feed off of his energy. He did a great job leading the offense.”

Farrell took an early lead when Anthony Stallworth scored on a 5-yard run. Stallworth’s 33-yard reception on a screen pass from Christian Hartley set up the score.

Stallworth again took a screen pass from Hartley and darted his way for a 46-yard touchdown that put Farrell back in front.


The teams traded haymakers for the rest of the first half as Susen and Luke Edwards scored on runs of two and four yards.

Meanwhile, Stallworth scored his third touchdown for Farrell on a 4-yard run. His 31-yarder put the Steelers in close. Stallworth rushed for 110 yards on 19 carries while adding two catches for 79 yards and a score.

“We had a good first half, but in the second half, we stalled out missed tackles and assignments,” said Farrell head coach Anthony Pegues. “Overall, we have to get better. We knew coming in we were playing a great team. Wilmington is a great football team.”

Following Bender’s second score of the night, it looked as though Farrell would once again tie the game as they had a 1st-and-goal from the ‘Hounds 7-yard line.

However, two plays had gained only a single yard. On 3rd-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Hartley was pressured and rolled to his left, where his pass was intercepted in the end zone by Bender.

“We were going in to tie the game may be, and that swung things a little bit,” said Pegues. “We knew what Wilmington was going to do coming right after us. We need to do a better job.”

Wilmington then drove 80 yards, capped off by Darren Miller’s 19-yard run. Miller also went over the century-mark for Wilmington, gaining 124 yards on 20 carries.

“Miller and Susen are a phenomenal 1-2 punch in our backfield,” said Phillian. “Darren had the big game versus Greenville last week, so if they were going to key on Miller, then we knew that would open things up for Ethan outside.”

As a team, Wilmington gained 453 yards on 53 rushes for the game.

Susen’s 42-yard run with 2:43 remaining to close the scoring. The two teams will square off again on October 10th in New Wilmington.

“The two years it was like iron sharpens iron,” said Phillian. “We knew we were going to make each other better for the long run in the playoffs. It’s a different feel this time around with us both in 2A.”

Game Highlights:


Wilmington 41 Farrell 20

Score by Quarters

Wilmington – 7 13 7 14 – 41

Farrell – 7 13 0 0 – 20

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

F – Anthony Stallworth 5 yd run, (Lamont Samuels Jr. pat), 10:32

W – Caelan Bender 1 yd run, (Dan Hartwell pat), 0:49

Second Quarter

F – Stallworth 46 yd pass from Hartley, (Samuels Jr. pat), 9:35

W – Luke Edwards 4 yd run, (kick failed), 5:37

F – Stallworth 4 yd run, (kick failed), 2:22

W – Ethan Susen 2 yd run, (Hartwell pat), 0:30

Third Quarter

W – Bender 17 yd run, (Hartwell pat), 2:54

Fourth Quarter

W – Darren Miller 19 yd run, (Hartwell pat), 10:20

W – Ethan Susen 42 yd run, (kick good), 2:43

Individual Stats: Rushing – Wilmington – Ethan Susen 19-222, Darren Miller 20-124, Caelan Bender 9-84, Luke Edwards 4-20, Team 1-3. Totals 53-453. Farrell – Anthony Stallworth 19-110, Anthony Jackson 4-30, Christian Hartley 3-(-12), Kaylon Wilson 1-(-4), Br.andon Chambers 3-(-1), Team 1-0.Totals: 31-123.

Passing: Wilmington – Caelan Bender 3-for-6, 24 yards. Farrell – Christian Hartley 5-for-12, 122 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions.

Receiving: Wilmington – Ethan Susen 3-24. Farrell – Anthony Stallworth 2-79, Omar Stewart 1-23, Brice Butler 1-4, Kylon Wilson 1-16.

Interceptions: Wilmington – Ethan Susen, Caelan Bender.

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