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Monday, November 23
7:45pm NFL Football Buffalo at New England
Thursday, November 26
11:30am Eagles at Detroit Lions
4:00pm NFL Football Carolina at Dallas
8:00pm NFL Football Chicago at Green Bay
Friday, November 27
12:30pm High School Football Div 2 Semifinal: Howard vs Wilmington Friends
7:00pm High School Football Div 1 Semifinal: Middletown vs Salesianum
Saturday, November 28
11:30am Wesley College Pre-Game Show
12:00pm Wesley College 2nd Round Playoffs: at Johns Hopkins
Sunday, November 29
12:30pm NFL Football Minnesota at Atlanta
7:30pm NFL Football New England at Denver

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Wesley and Hopkins to square off in playoff rematch

By Sean Greene 1:15am, November 27, 2015
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks with Wesley Head Coach Mike Drass
Sometimes a great game needs a sequel.

Two years after Joe Callahan connected on a touchdown pass to Steve Koudossou to win an NCAA Opening Round Game, Wesley will again travel to Johns Hopkins this Saturday with a berth in the National Quarterfinals on the line.

Both teams had leads in the opening half, with Wesley getting a touchdown pass from Callahan to Kyle George to take a 17-14 advantage into the Homewood Field locker room.

Callahan connected with All-American wide receiver Koudossou on a 10-yard score on the 2nd play of the final quarter to take a nine-point lead, after a vital extra point was missed.

Hopkins responded with a field goal on their next possession to get the game back to 23-17 Wesley with 10:09 to play.

The two defenses then put on a clinic, with Wesley's picking up an interception, and Hopkins forcing 3 drives that combined to net 16 yards.

There was even a sequence on a windy day where Wesley kicked a -2 yard punt, but it hit a Hopkins gunner, giving the Wolverines back possession, but they couldn't build on the 6-point lead, and had to again kick into the wind with 1:48 left.

Johns Hopkins then marched 54 yards to take the lead on a 10-yard Robbie Matey to Daniel Wodicka touchdown pass with :50 left, and with an extra point, the Blue Jays had their first lead of the second half.

They had to give the ball back to Wesley, and Joe Callahan put together what has become almost a routine, last-minute, clutch drive.

Callahan threw three straight times to Koudossou, for 36 and 13 yards before an incompletion at the Hopkins 33. After tossing an errant ball towards Bryce Shade, Callahan again his Koudossou on a post pattern that went for the 33-yard TD, and with 13 seconds later, Wesley had their victory.

Many performers from that game will again take the field Saturday.

Callahan (24-for-42, 244 yards, 3 touchdowns), Shade (6 catches, 54 yards), and George (3 catches, 36 yards, 1 TD) will be joined by Jamar Baynard, who was held to just 47 yards on 17 carries in the contest.

Hopkins running back combo of Stuart Walters (21 carries, 97 yards) and Brandon Cherry (8 carries, 24 yards) still reside in the Blue Jays backfield, and leading receiver Bradley Munday (6 catches, 65 yards) has closed in on 1,000 receiving yards this season.

The big difference for Hopkins is at quarterback, where Robbie Matey is gone, Jon Germano has stepped in very nicely. The junior has completed 70.6% of his passes for 2,657 yards with 31 touchdowns against just 8 interceptions. He brings another tough challenge for Wesley, who just had to overcome Framingham State's Matt Silva, one of the leading efficiency passers in the country.

Germano can also run, with 477 positive rushing yards and four touchdowns on his stat line after 11 games.

Defensively, Wesley is a different unit. Only Brenton Barnes (4 tackles) had more than 2 stops in that game amongst returning players. Considering Wesley had eight tackles for loss and two sacks, Wesley will need to find ways to put pressure on Germano.

Conversely, Hopkins' middle linebacker Keith Corliss led the Blue Jays with eight tackles in that game, and he brings 64 tackles in 2015 to the contest Saturday.

Some of the players are the same, some of them are different, but the goal is still pretty similar. While it's a round later than 2013, it will once again produce a National Quarterfinalist that will take on the winner of Mount Union and Albright next Saturday for a trip to the Division III Football Semifinals.

Johns Hopkins will be looking for their first trip to the Round of 8, while Wesley will be looking to get there for a 6th straight season.

It's a battle of eastern heavyweights, and if it's anything like 2013's contest, it'll be a game worth watching again.

If you can't be in Baltimore for the Saturday Noon kickoff at Homewood Field, you can hear the game on WDEL with pre-game coverage at 11:30am.

Stafford throws 5 TDs to lift Lions to 45-14 win over Eagles

By Larry Lage/AP 1:18am, November 27, 2015
Matthew Stafford tied a career high with five touchdown passes, three of them to Calvin Johnson, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 45-14 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

The Lions (4-7) have won three straight this season and three in a row in their annual Thanksgiving game.

The Eagles (4-7) are on a three-game losing streak. They have allowed at least 45 points in two straight games in one season for the first time in team history, according to STATS.

Stafford threw for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover by halftime, helping the Lions lead 24-7. He finished 27 of 38 for 337 yards and threw five TDs for the fourth time in his career.

Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez started in place of Sam Bradford, who was inactive with a shoulder injury. Sanchez completed 19 of 27 passes for 199 yards and two TDs.

Mount Pleasant's Walker - HS Athlete of the Week

By Kara Pokropski 5:27pm, November 25, 2015
VIDEO: Athlete of the Week
Mount Pleasant's Kate Walker is this week's Delaware Sports Zone Athlete of the Week.

Walker helped the Green Knights finish their season with a 12-3 record while earning the accolade of the 2015 Field Hockey Player of the Year.

Walker expresses much gratitude toward Mount Pleasant and her team.

"It's amazing. It's a true honor. I couldn't be more thankful for Mount Pleasant and the support they've given me. They've set the team up for me with something great."

Head Coach Peter Miesel hopes that they younger girls are inspired by Walker's work ethic:

"I hope if they pick up anything, it's the fact that if you continue to work hard, you can achieve."

Her advice to the new generation of Green Knights:

"I think to work hard, you have endless possibilities here. Just never lose hope. And that should do it."

Walker continues her field hockey career as she joins the squad at the University of Michigan next fall.

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