Jags' defense comes up with big plays

Jags' defense comes up with big plays


Jags' defense comes up with big plays



Appoquinimink’s defense did it all Friday night.

It forced a safety, a fumble and an interception. All that was missing was a touchdown, but the offense made sure the Jaguars had enough of those.

Tyree Short caught two touchdowns and running back Andre Connally ran for a pair as the Jaguar defense stymied Glasgow en route to a 28-7 victory in a Blue Hen Conference Flight A matchup.

“The kids did a good job of not giving up big plays,” Appo head coach Jeff Weiner said of his defense. “Making them earn everything.”

Appo improved to 3-3 on the year.

“We just wanted to get back on track and play well,” Weiner said. “We still had before this game half our season and we want to do the best we can in the last five games of our season.”

The game was dedicated to former Appo football player Andre Smith, who was killed in a car accident in April. There was a moment of silence before the game, and the game ball was given in Smith’s memory.

“Dre was one of the most popular kids in the school,” Weiner said. “For a lot of these kids, Andre was one of their best friends. … I’m glad that it worked out the way it did, to come up big in his memory.”

Connally began the scoring with a two-yard rush on the first drive of the game. The teams exchanged punts until Appo’s final drive of the half, where the play call for the wide receiver reverse pass came down to the sideline.

Malacchi Esdale took the handoff, the Dragon defense bought that he would run and he connected with a wide open Scott in the end zone.

“I saw everyone crash in on me like we expected,” Esdale said. “He was just wide open so I threw it as far as I could.”

The throw was the first touchdown pass Esdale has ever thrown.

“I felt like Tom Brady,” he said.

Glasgow did not cross midfield on offense until early in the fourth quarter. By that point, the Jaguars had forced a safety after the Dragons picked up a penalty for a chop-block in their own end zone and Connally had his second touchdown – a 42-yard rush.

Quarterback Stephen Kowalski earned a late touchdown for Glasgow with a sneak from the 1 with 5:42 left in the fourth. The Dragons looked to have recovered the ensuing onside kick, but it did not go the required 10 yards.

Appo got an insurance touchdown on a 21-yard pass by quarterback Landon Archangelo to Short.


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