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While the Mid-Atlantic’s South Division still has a couple of games left on the docket for the fall, the North has been all wrapped up by Wilmington, who capped off an undefeated fall season with a 37-7 win over Brandywine Saturday.
Wilmington has received an injection of youth in its backline from Delaware grads Pat Mullarkey and Chris Moorhead. Mullarkey is the fiery-red-haired wing who was making plays for the Blue Hens at the CRC in June, and Moorhead has been starting mostly at inside center on the senior men's level. Pat has joined his older brother, Conor, on the Wilmington squad.
Another set of brothers that has been great for Wilmington is the Wiggins. Chris, at about 6-4 and well over 300 bills, is the starting tighthead prop. He’s a dominant force up front and with ball in hand. And Kevin, who has gotten some sniffs with the 7s Eagles in the past and seems to be going for the record of most states CIPPed in, is manning the back of the scrum at No. 8. Kevin has floated all over the country, from Shreveport, La. to Kansas City, Denver, Pennsylvania, Texas and back to Delaware.
The Wiggins and the majority rest of the team, minus Moorhead and Mullarkey, were at Wilmington last season, when the team finished third in the North. The difference, says coach Bjorn Haglid, has been cohesion.
“I think they’ve definitely come together better. They’re all on the same page and just working a lot better together. Really strong as a group,” he said. “Going into each game knowing everybody has to step up and help out. No big superstars, but everybody’s playing phenomenal.”
If Wilmington can carry over the teamwork into the spring MARFU playoffs, perhaps the third different team in as many years can represent the Mid-Atlantic in the DII Final Four.