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St. Georges controls scrimmage, all facets, in 47-0 win | USA Today High School Sports



ST GEORGES St. Georges controlled the line of scrimmage against Hodgson and romped to a 47-0 win in Blue Hen Flight B action on Saturday morning.

St. Georges’ ability to control the line opened plenty of holes for running backs Gary Brightwell and Logan Gilbert, who combined for four touchdowns and more than 240 yards on the ground.

“My line just came to play,” Brightwell said. “We worked hard all [week in] practice. If you practice hard, you win easy.”

The ability to win the line of scrimmage battle reflected the focus of practice all week, said St. Georges’ coach J.D. Maull.

“We challenged our big guys all week to get out there [against] Hodgson’s big guys and to get after them,” Maull said. “We thought we won the battle up front.”

Brightwell, who piled up 181 yards rushing, scored on a 9-yard run with four minutes left in the first quarter to open the floodgates for St. Georges.

Brightwell capped a three-play drive that began with a fumble recovery by St. Georges’ Jhemir Stanley with a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Brightwell tacked on a 50-yard scoring run with 11:30 to play in the fourth quarter to open a 40-0 lead.

Gilbert added his own 35-yard scoring run during the 19-point third quarter.

“I just felt like we came out with a chip on our shoulder,” Gilbert said. “We had something to prove. We’ve never beaten them on our field so we came out with a little bit of fire and the line did their thing.”

The Hawks (5-1 overall, 4-0 Flight B) focused on defending that home field advantage against Hodgson throughout the week in practice.

“It’s always a rivalry between us, St. Georges and Hodgson, and it’s always a big game,” said wide receiver Austyn Warren. “We never won on our home field against them. This was our first time and it was a big statement today. It was fun.”

Warren caught two passes for touchdowns from quarterback Tordell Kemp and intercepted a pass on defense to set up a third touchdown drive for St. Georges.

Running back Jalen Smith added a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Silver Eagles (3-3, 2-3) hope to use the loss to continue rebuilding after back-to-back state championships.

“I just tried to tell my kids, from this point on with a lot of football left, you just want to continue to get better,” Hodgson coach Frank Moffett said. “Learn from this game, learn from this loss. It’s been a while since we lost by a lot like that, but that’s football. Coming off back-to-back championships and losing some key people, we’re a young team. It’s a key thing for our kids to go through these battles, go through these games, to learn from them and get better.”

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