Concord’s Matt Mellette and Brycen Alleyne may not be the biggest running backs in Blue Hen Flight A, but together they pack a powerful punch.
Mellette and Alleyne combined for four touchdowns as the Raiders defeated Flight A rival Glasgow 40-22 on Saturday afternoon.
“We have outstanding little running backs,” Concord coach George Kosanovich said.
“They’re not real big but, boy, they are tough little guys. I wouldn’t trade them for any 200-pound running backs. They’re tough, they block, they block for each other. They throw their little bodies against anybody that’s in there.”
Concord (2-3 overall, 2-1 Flight A) built a 20-0 lead in the first half behind touchdown runs of 1 and 34 yards from Mellette. Alleyne chipped in with touchdown runs of 2 yards and 16 yards in the second half.
“Our linemen were making up big holes,” Mellette said. “We just keep pushing it and just driving it down the field. It gave us big motivation because the defense was getting tired. We took our opportunities.”
On the summer-like afternoon, the defense contributed its share for the Raiders. An interception by Elijah Davis in the second quarter set up the drive that culminated in Mellette’s 1-yard touchdown.
A defensive touchdown opened the scoring for Concord when Thomas Camper picked up the ball after Justin Dixon jarred it loose on a high snap deep in Glasgow territory. Camper ran 12 yards for the first score as Concord took a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
It was one of two defensive scores for Concord as Mahcia Davis returned an interception in the fourth quarter 36 yards for a touchdown.
“We did a good job; we got two defensive touchdowns,” Camper said. “I don’t think we’ve had a defensive touchdown this season yet. So it felt great to finally score on defense and help our offense out.”
But Glasgow did not go quietly. Running back Lammot Brown scored two touchdowns of his own for the Dragons (2-3, 2-2). But penalties and missed opportunities hurt Glasgow.
“I saw two teams that played hard, definitely two quality teams,” Glasgow coach Shannon Riley said. “They capitalized off some of our mistakes. We had a punt snapped over our heads, a few missed assignments, and they took advantage of it like a decent team should.”
For Concord, the win marks a nice turnaround from losses to Division I powerhouses Middletown, Dover and Salesianum to open the season.
“We’ve come a long way from what we were in the beginning [of the season], but the people we played were very, very good,” Kosanovich said.