The Glasgow offense had trouble getting untracked on Saturday night, so the defense took over.
When the offense improved in the second half, the defense kept shutting down Appoquinimink as the Dragons rolled to a 26-0 home victory in their Blue Hen Flight A opener.
Glasgow (2-0, 1-0) won its first two games for the first time since 2007, with a trip to archrival Newark looming on Friday night. The Dragons held the Jaguars (0-2, 0-1) to just 39 total yards.
“The strength of our team is our defense,” Glasgow coach Shannon Riley said of a unit that returned nine starters from last year. “We know our offense will come along with a first-year quarterback. We hang our hat on defense.”
That first-year quarterback, sophomore Lammot Brown, improved steadily after a slow start. He rushed 24 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns, and completed all five of his passes in the second half to finish 9 of 14 for 177 yards and another score.
“Our plan was to have a running quarterback who could also throw,” Brown said. “But people didn’t know I could throw. I had to prove that tonight.”
Brown broke a scoreless tie with a 65-yard touchdown run, then added a two-point run for an 8-0 lead with 4:51 left in the first half.
The Dragons went 53 yards in six plays on their second possession of the third quarter, with Brown flipping a 25-yard pass to Antoine Rayfield Cantey and finishing the drive with a 6-yard run to make it 14-0.
Glasgow’s Kwasi Amponsah pounced on an Appo fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Rayfield Cantey jumped over a defender to pull in Brown’s 38-yard bomb, and the quarterback ran it in from the 9 for a 20-0 lead.
Rayfield Cantey and Brown hooked up on another deep pass, this one a 46-yard touchdown, midway through the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
“We had to make some adjustments,” Riley said. “They had a good game plan to stop us from getting outside. So we had to adjust a little bit in the second half, and it seemed to work.”