In a battle between two unbeaten squads, Glasgow utilized a variety of tactics to stay perfect.
The Dragons ran, passed, tackled and special teams even got in on the action during their 26-14 win at home over Hodgson on Friday night.
Glasgow head coach Shannon Riley was not surprised by the outcome, saying his boys played with a chip on their shoulder.
“We told our guys this week was to prove that we’re a quality team,” he said. “We played two teams and everybody said we were supposed to beat those teams, but a lot of people picked us to lose to (Hodgson). Our guys took that personally and they played with a lot of confidence.”
The Dragons wasted no time getting on the board. On their first offensive play of the game, Wilson connected with Keishawn Jones, who bolted down the right sideline for a 53-yard completion. Tyrique Woodland muscled his way into the end zone on the next play from six yards out. His subsequent 2-point run made it 8-0, Glasgow.
Hodgson attempted to answer toward the end of the first quarter with favorable field position at the Dragon 43. The Eagles barreled their way into the red zone, but the drive ended with a turnover on downs near the goal line. Woodland came up big again, tackling receiver Marshall Hardin on fourth down.
“That changed the momentum of the game,” Riley said. “We got the stop there and put it on Tyrique’s back.”
The Dragons rewarded their defense by taking it all the way down the field from the 2. The drive nearly stalled near midfield, but on 4th-and-4, Woodland took a draw play, avoided two tackles and ran 41 yards to the end zone.
With time running down in the half, the Silver Eagles relied on the steady legs of running back Greg Tucker. He carried the ball five times on a 62-yard drive, including a 6-yard touchdown with 17.2 seconds left.
The score remained 16-6 through most of the third quarter, as both teams coughed the ball up once. Glasgow also lost Woodland to an injured ankle, though Riley is hoping he won’t miss any time.
The scoreboard lit up in the final 30 seconds, as Silver Eagle quarterback Marc Perez-Echevarria connected with Nahzir Billops for a 60-yard touchdown. Echevarria ran the ball in himself for the 2-point conversion, cutting Glasgow’s lead to 16-14.
The Dragons widened the gap back to 10 on the very next play. Ja’Saan Cunningham bobbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff, but that delay actually opened up a hole, and Cunningham ran through it 80 yards for a touchdown.
“That was deflating, but we told our guys to keep our heads up,” Riley said. “We’re a big play team and it’s all about next play, next play. He just found a seam and took off, and he’s one of the fastest guys in the state.”
Glasgow drained seven minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter, and though the play ended with an interception in the end zone, the Dragons sacked Perez-Echevarria in the end zone for a safety.
Tucker finished with 19 carries and 95 yards for Hodgson, though the Dragons held him to just four carries for minus-4 yards in the second half.
“They played a really good football game against us,” Silver Eagles head coach Frank Moffett, Jr. said. “We had a lot of opportunities to move the ball, but give their team a lot of credit. We had a little momentum going, and then that kickoff return happened. That was a tough play, but I’m proud that our kids played four quarters.”
Wilson went 10-for-20 for 145 yards, using five different receivers, while Woodland racked up 72 rushing yards on seven carries before his injury.
Riley was pleased with all of his players stepping up at different points, as they look to stay perfect next week against Newark.
“Getting almost 30 points against them shows a lot of confidence from our o-line, our receivers. We all came together,” he said.