With homecoming kings and princes in football uniforms being crowned at halftime, Caravel Academy had less time than usual to discuss and make adjustments Friday at Bob Peoples Stadium.
It hardly mattered.
Despite wearing special camouflage jerseys for homecoming, the Bucs were a sight to see.
Whatever concerns were created from a competitive first half were erased in a 21-point third quarter as Caravel zipped past Glasgow 42-6 in a nonconference game played before an overflow home crowd.
“We knew all week it was coming,” Caravel coach John Reed said of the halftime distraction. “We were prepared. We had about eight minutes instead of the usual 15, but we felt great coming into this game because we had a great week of practice. The kids executed and were very loose. Very proud of them.”
Caravel quarterback Derrick Groomes, crowned senior king at halftime, completed six-of-12 passes for 102 yards, including 25- and 16-yard first-half touchdown passes to senior Aaron Hudson and a 34-yard third-quarter scoring strike to junior Dennis Robinson.
Hudson, anointed senior homecoming prince, also rushed for 88 yards, including a decisive 62-yard touchdown scamper on the second play of the third quarter.
Junior Jake Shriner also rushed for 88 yards, including 8- and 26-yard touchdown gallops.
The second came 51 seconds after Hudson’s TD run following Glasgow’s fumble of the kickoff.
“We’re always ready to play,” Hudson said.
“It doesn’t matter if we have a halftime show. We’re always in football mode.”
Caravel improved to 5-2, while Glasgow fell to 3-4.
It was believed to be the first football meeting between the schools, even though Division I public Glasgow and Division II private Caravel are located roughly three miles apart.
Caravel took a 21-6 lead into halftime after a quick change of fortune.
Glasgow seemed to thwart a Caravel threat on Michael Helton’s interception near the goal line in the final minute.
But the Dragons fumbled the football back on first down, with Justin Laznik recovering for the Bucs.
Two plays later, Groomes passed to Hudson for the touchdown.
“That was huge,” Hudson said.
“We had all the momentum on our side.”
Groomes’ two-point pass to Cory Hart made it 21-6.
“To me, the first half was evenly matched,” Glasgow coach Shannon Riley said. “We were 13-6 going in. But big turnover, they score, and we were deflated and didn’t come out in the second half the way we needed to.”
Earlier, the Bucs had scored on their second and third possessions to snare a quick 13-0 lead.
Shriner zipped 8 yards for the first TD and, after a botched Glasgow punt, Groomes passed 25 yards to Hudson for the second.
But Glasgow prevented Caravel from extending its lead, stopping the Bucs on downs.
The Dragons then embarked on an 80-yard scoring drive that featured a pair of third-down conversions and a fourth-down Caravel offside and ended with Lammot Brown’s 3-yard TD run.
“We knew we had to play our ‘A’ game, but we had talent on the field, too, and the first half showed it,” Riley said. “It just hurts we didn’t respond.”