WILMINGTON – Pat Udovich rushed 26 times for 150 yards and scored three touchdowns in his last high school football game to lead Archmere to a 28-14 win over St. Elizabeth at Baynard Stadium on Nov. 12. The Auks and Vikings met in the regular-season finale for high school football in Delaware in 2016, as the playoffs will begin next week.
One of Udovich’s touchdowns came on a 35-yard pass and run, and on defense he had nine tackles. His third touchdown, a seven-yard burst up the middle early in the fourth quarter, put the Auks ahead for good.
Neither team will be playing in the postseason, but they waged a spirited battle on a cold evening in Wilmington. The game started out as a track meet before being bogged down by a multitude of penalties, and it picked back up in the fourth quarter.
Jack Carney set Archmere up to open the game by returning the Vikings’ kickoff to the Auks’ 37-yard line. Archmere kept the ball on the ground for the entire drive, with Cole Bauer getting the early carries, including on a short fourth down. Udovich then took over, carrying the ball five straight times beginning at the St. Elizabeth 26; the final rush, from four yards out, was straight up the middle for a touchdown.
The lead lasted 12 seconds, as Cam Ross fielded the kickoff at the St. Elizabeth 20-yard line and sprinted 80 yards down the left side to tie the score. The Vikings then forced a punt and took over at the Auks’ 40 on their next possession. Speedy Vikings freshman Timothy Butler was in the spotlight after that, gaining five yards on a fourth-and-three to the Auks’ 18, then covering the final 18 yards on a cutback to give St. Elizabeth the 14-7 lead with 1:31 to go in the first.
Archmere tied the score just before halftime. During the drive, Udovich had five rushes, but the series ended with him taking a screen pass from quarterback Joe DiGregorio around the 35. Udovich barreled upfield, dropped a shoulder and decimated a St. Elizabeth defender near the 25, then rumbling into the end zone.
The Vikings got the ball to open the second half and marched up the field, with Cam Ross taking a Casey Rock pass 29 yards to put the team at the Auks’ 28. St. Elizabeth had a first and goal from the 10, but on four rushes they were unable to punch it in. Ross was stuffed at the three on fourth down, and the Auks took over on downs.
The go-ahead score came on a 90-yard march that began toward the end of the third quarter and stretched into the final 12 minutes. Patrick McVey had the longest play from scrimmage of the game on a 66-yard run that set the Auks up at the Vikings’ seven. Udovich needed just one play from there, bowling over and carrying several of his opponents with him into the end zone.
The situation was reversed on the final scoring drive, as McVey got the short scoring run following a 13-yard Udovich carry. The keys on that drive were a 22-yard pass to Mitchell Moyer that sent Archmere into St. Elizabeth territory and a 30-yard run by Udovich on the next play.
A final attempt to score for the Vikings ended when Rock was sacked on fourth down deep in Archmere’s end of the field.
The Auks closed the season with three wins in their final four games to finish 6-4. St. Elizabeth wrapped 2016 with a 4-6 mark.