William Penn junior running back Reginald Carroll was the only player to touch the ball for the Colonials on their first offensive series Friday night.
On that drive, and for the rest of the game, that was about all William Penn would need.
Carroll rushed 29 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Colonials (6-3 overall, 6-1 Blue Hen Flight A) past the Dragons (4-5, 3-3).
“I condition a lot,” Carroll said. “I’m used to a lot of carries, so my body will be OK.”
In the first half, Carroll helped lead William Penn to three touchdown drives in three series and a 20-14 halftime lead. While the Colonials’ offense did less scoring in the second half, it was still effective in stringing together first downs. With a two-possession lead for the final 16 minutes, that clock-draining offensive production was enough.
Meanwhile, a William Penn defense that had trouble containing Glasgow running back Lammot Brown in the first two quarters adjusted in the second half to hold the Dragons scoreless.
Colonials coach Marvin Dooley said his coaching staff debated going to a five-man front during the week. While William Penn did not play five down defensive linemen in the first half, it did in the second, which Dooley said took away the C-gap seams Glasgow used for big first-half yardage.
“[Defensive coordinator Paul Robinson] did that,” Dooley said. “Coach Rob made a good defensive adjustment at halftime.”
The teams traded first-half scores, and the Colonials went into halftime ahead 20-14 thanks to a 3-yard Carroll touchdown run late in the second quarter that followed a Dragons’ fumble.
A 30-yard touchdown run by Kamau Floyd late in the third quarter gave William Penn the game’s first two-possession lead. Following a muffed punt by the Colonials late in the third quarter, Glasgow had a chance to pull back within one score, but a run by Corey Davis came up just short on a fourth-and-3 from the William Penn 26-yard line.
“We knew we had to take advantage of that,” Dragons coach Shannon Riley said. “We had great field position. We had a great drive started, but it just came down fourth-and-3.”
Thanks in part to that fourth-down stop, and in large part to the play of Carroll, a William Penn team that opened the season 0-2 is now in the thick of the Division I playoff picture entering its season-closing game next week against Delcastle.
“It’s a big game for us,” Dooley said. “I knew coming in it was going to take four quarters, but as far as the playoff picture goes, it’s a huge football game for us.”