Hodgson came into Saturday’s Flight B football game with visiting Brandywine looking to win the battle of the trenches on both sides of the ball.
The Silver Eagles’ offensive and defensive lines had little trouble meeting that goal, outgaining the Bulldogs by 364 yards in a 49-0 homecoming victory.
“I give it all to my line. They looked out for me today, and that’s all I can say,” said Hodgson running back Rakeim Woodland, who rushed for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “[Brandywine likes] to stuff the line, so we decided to power up today. We decided to play smash mouth football.”
Woodland put the Silver Eagles (5-2, 5-0) on the board on the game’s opening drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. Ray Jones gave Hodgson a two-score lead with 11-yard TD run on a quarterback keeper late in the first quarter.
Hodgson continued the onslaught into the second quarter when Jones connected with Justin Hardy for a 19-yard touchdown that increased the lead to 20-0. Woodland scored his second touchdown on the day later in the second quarter on a 7-yard run.
Kyle Taylor scored from one yard out on the Silver Eagles’ next possession, and Bilal Nichols returned afumble 30 yards for a touchdown to give Hodgson a 41-0 with less than minute left in the first half.
“I just see the ball just rolling. I’m assuming that one of my teammates will pick it, but the ball rolled right towards me like it wanted to come to me,” Nichols said. “I just picked up. I told myself that nobody is going take me down, and I will get into the end zone.”
The Silver Eagles’ offensive front led they way to five rushing touchdowns and 306 yards rushing.
Hodgson’s defense was just as dominant, holding Brandywine (4-3, 2-2) to 38 total yards, including just 12 on the ground.
“I think up front the kids are starting to feel comfortable at their positions. We try to tell them to get better, and we’re now starting to see them get better,” Silver Eagles coach Frank Moffett said.