MIDDLETOWN With junior Avery Roberts out of the lineup for the Concord High football team, it was natural for Raiders coach Greg Mitchell to turn to Avery’s younger brother to get his team back on track.
Sophomore running back Grahm Roberts continued a proud family tradition of bruising defenses, rushing for 320 yards and four touchdowns as the Raiders came away with a big, rain-soaked 32-21 win over host Appoquinimink Friday night.
“He’s become our main running back with his brother hurt,” Mitchell said of Grahm, subbing for Avery who pulled a hamstring in last week’s loss to Mount Pleasant. “He’s a really tough runner.”
“The left side, I wouldn’t say it was weak, but it was open,” said Roberts of his main point of attack. He scored touchdowns of 67, 32, 6 and 4 yards to help Concord (3-1 overall, 1-1 Flight A) rally from a 21-6 deficit to remain a player in the Flight A race. “We don’t worry about the score too much, we just keep fighting and playing as hard as we can.”
To start the game Jaguars drove 65 yards in 18 plays, taking up 10 minutes of first quarter clock. Jayson Jeffers capped off the drive with a 7-yard scoring run to give Appo an early 8-0 lead. Not to be outdone was Roberts, who peeled off a 67 yard touchdown run to get Concord on the board.
After Roberts put Concord ahead to stay with a 4-yard run in the waning seconds of the third quarter, the wind and rain took over, making it difficult for either team to move the ball.
The Raiders finally got their insurance touchdown with two minutes remaining as sophomore Brandon Dennis skated to the left side for a 2-yard touchdown to put Concord ahead by 11 and Appo (2-2 overall, 1-1 Flight A) would not threaten again.
“All the glory should go to our offensive line,” Dennis said. “Without them, we can’t go anywhere.”
Mitchell was pleased with the second half effort after a tough loss to Mount Pleasant for homecoming and falling behind Appoquinimink by 15 points.
“It was just one of those games last week and it was a tough night for both teams tonight,” he said. “We just settled down and played our game in that second half. We finally got our offense firing.”