BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Concord football coach Greg Mitchell has been testing a very simple theory so far this season.
His thinking: It’s hard to tackle Grahm “Bam” Roberts 25 times.
That was proven to be true for the fourth time on Saturday, as Appoquinimink could only bring down the 6-foot, 210-pound breakaway threat 15 times. Roberts scored on his other four carries and finished with 282 yards as the Raiders dominated the Jaguars 30-0.
“The last two games, he’s only played a half and still had 200 yards,” Mitchell said of Roberts. “We can be patient with him, because at some point he’s going to break one.”
He broke four, scoring on runs of 50, 34, 39 and 52 yards for Concord (4-0, 3-0 Blue Hen Flight A), which is ranked third statewide in Division I.
“We’re playing very well,” Roberts said. “But we can get better. There’s always room for improvement. We’re looking for a championship run.”
Championships are usually won with defense, and the Raiders displayed plenty of that, too. They held seventh-ranked Appo (2-2, 1-1) to 100 total yards — only 13 in the second half.
“It was very slippery out here,” Concord defensive tackle Tyler Narvell said of the rain-softened field at Raiders Stadium. “You lose your footing a lot, but we still had to keep playing, keep pushing through them.”
The Raiders’ first scoring drive covered 65 yards in three plays, all runs by Roberts. He went for 14, then 1, then 50 yards down the right side behind a lead block from his brother Avery, a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker-fullback who has committed to play at Nebraska next season.
Bam Roberts went up the middle virtually untouched for a 34-yard score on the final play of the first quarter. Then Ahmed Ibrahim capped Concord’s next drive with a 27-yard field goal for a 16-0 lead.
Quarterback Kenyon Yellowdy completed four passes on the Jaguars’ final drive of the first half before they turned it over on downs at the Raiders 7, the closest Appo would come to scoring all day. Concord held Yellowdy, a three-year starter, to 12 of 26 passing for 99 yards.
“We put a lot of pressure on the run, as we usually do,” Raiders tackle RiQuan Mack said. “The QB, he didn’t really have time to throw. That kind of slowed their momentum.”
Bam Roberts burst through the left side for a 39-yard score with 18.3 seconds left in the third quarter, then put it away with a 52-yard burst up the middle with 7:19 remaining in the game.
“We just did what we do. We can always run the ball,” the junior running back said. “That last touchdown, I didn’t get touched. I was just waiting, being patient, waiting for my line to set it up.”
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