Wilmington beat Doylestown 37-26 Saturday to claim poll position in the Mid-Atlantic North Division. Both teams entered the contest undefeated, moving Wilmington to 4-0 and dropping Doylestown to 3-1.
Doylestown had the better run of play early on, as they pressured Wilmington into playing defense for much of the first half. However, a couple of outside breaks from center Mitch Vannoy and wing Wayne Megill helped the Delaware club take a 17-12 lead going into halftime.
Wilmington owned the second half, punishing Doylestown through the forwards to extend the lead to 37-12.
“We were, I would say, very much on the back foot defensively on the first half. It was a matter of lasting them out, and we managed to do that,” said Wilmington coach Struan Murray. “Come halftime, it almost felt like we had taken their best shot, and in the second half we just came blasting out.
“We basically just tightened it up, and our forwards started finding a lot of holes around the 10 channel. I think it was just a matter of wearing them down and then our forwards took over.”
One forward who had an especially large impact on the game was DJ Wolf, who started at prop and moved to No. 8.
“DJ Wolf was outstanding on the day,” said Murray. “He was just everywhere. He seemed to be at every ruck. He seemed to be the first guy in support every single time. He always just seemed to be where the ball was both defensively and in attack. I must have said his name in my head more than anyone else.”
Wilmington and Doylestown will be favored in the rest of their league matches this fall, and both will likely move onto the Mid-Atlantic quarterfinals in the spring.