Tigers survive defensive struggle

Tigers survive defensive struggle

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Tigers survive defensive struggle

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Throughout Friday night’s Blue Hen Conference Flight A game against William Penn, A.I. du Pont’s defensive line throttled the Colonials’ running game, holding William Penn without a first down into the fourth quarter.

It proved fitting, then, that the Tigers’ defensive line made what might have been the game’s biggest play of the game.

Following a fumbled snap, A.I. defensive lineman Regan Hidalgo sacked William Penn quarterback Linwood Rideout with just more than 30 seconds left, forcing the Colonials to burn their final timeout and go into a passing situation at the Tigers’ 17-yard line.

William Penn couldn’t convert and A.I. (5-2, 4-2 Flight A) held on for a 6-0 win.

“I saw my guy go over,” Hidalgo said of his late sack. “I saw an open hole. I saw a straight line to the quarterback. I just went.”

William Penn (3-3, 3-2) took over at its own 3-yard line with 4:22 to play in the game.

With one first down through that point, the Colonials used two long plays to get into Tigers territory. Four runs gave William Penn a first-and-10 from the A.I. 17, and following a 2-yard run by Dayquan Foreman, Hidalgo came up with his crucial sack.

“You’ve got to get rid of the ball or get out of bounds,” William Penn coach Bill Cole said of Hidalgo’s sack. “I have a running back trying to play quarterback since the third week of the season … but again, he’s just not up to speed right yet.”

A.I. scored the game’s only points on Ramsey Lowery’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Brinkley in the second quarter.

William Penn’s offense didn’t get a first down until there was 9:26 left in the fourth quarter. The Colonials rushed for 90 yards on 29 carries, 54 of which came on their final drive.

“We had a tight one last week against Concord and couldn’t quite get there,” A.I. coach Zeb Blum said. “To be able to come out and play defense as well as we did tonight and hold as well as we did was the focal point of the week.”

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