The biggest challenge was the play of Wilson, the Eagles’ sophomore signal caller. He torched North for 249 yards on the ground and another 203 through the air.
“Hats off to Del City, they are a great club,” Standley said. “And their quarterback is a really special kid, he gave us problems all night.”
North has its own special quarterback in Cornwell, who appeared to be moving better Friday as he recovers from a preseason ankle tweak.
He hit passes all night, none bigger than the fourth quarter strike to Basquine, who caught the ball in stride in the left corner of the end zone for the winning score.
“On and off the field, David has been so big for us,” Prince said. “He made so many big throws in the game.”
For a while it looked like the game could come down to extra points. After three quarters, each team had scored five touchdowns, but Del City had a 38-33 lead, thanks to three conversions out of the “swinging gate” formation and a fourth crazy conversion when they threw for a score directly after North blocked their extra point kick.
Prince and Tyler Sipe each had success taking direct snaps out of the formation utilized in short-yardage situations last year. The pair combined for three touchdowns near the goal line.
“I just want to do what the team needs from me,” said Prince, who also caught three balls for 48 yards from his more traditional tight end position.
North completes its rugged non-district schedule next week by facing Westmoore.
“Week by week our goal is just to get better each week,” Standley said. “This week was about us. It was about getting better one day at a time.”