NEW CASTLE – Marvin Dooley admitted it.
“We can say that we weren’t looking ahead, but I caught myself looking ahead,” the William Penn coach said. “And that’s nothing against Concord. Concord is a good football team. But you catch yourself peeking at the game next week.”
The top-ranked Colonials were seven days from a showdown with No. 2 Salesianum. But William Penn paid enough attention to the task at hand Saturday to pile up 554 total yards and overwhelm No. 7 Concord 49-22 at Bill Cole Stadium.
“I thought offensively, we played dynamite,” Dooley said. “I thought the backs ran hard. Sometimes, we tiptoe through the hole. We hit the holes hard today.”
Senior Kamau Floyd, one of the state’s top sprinters during track and field season, got a chance to show his speed on sweeps to the outside and wound up with eight carries for 171 yards and three touchdowns.
“We knew our offensive line was the best in the state, so we just said, ‘Run behind them,’” Floyd said. “If you see an opening, cut up or make a move. Make the first guy miss, because the offensive line gave us the best looks possible.”
Floyd’s first score came on William Penn’s third play from scrimmage, as he blasted around the right side for 63 yards. But the Raiders (4-3, 3-2 Blue Hen Flight A) answered with runs of 14, 19 and 17 yards by Grahm Roberts and a 6-yard touchdown pass from Bob White Jared Hill to take a 7-6 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Colonials (7-0, 6-0) responded with a six-play, 58-yard drive, with Titus Nelson scoring from the 2. After Concord came up just short on a 36-yard field-goal attempt, Floyd took a sweep to the left and cut back to the right at midfield on the way to a 71-yard TD.
“They blitz a lot in the ‘A’ gaps. They send a lot of guys up inside,” Dooley said. “We wanted to take that away from them, see what they would do. They never really adjusted back outside, so we stayed out there.”
William Penn’s Zach Burton stopped the next Concord drive with an interception at the 5, and the Colonials called for a bomb on the next play. Quarterback D.J. Johnson hit Chichi Amachi in stride, and the 6-foot-4 receiver took it the distance for a 95-yard score.
“They called it from the [press] box, actually,” Amachi said. “They said, ‘The guy is playing you a little bit close, can you run by him?’ I said, ‘I can run by him.’
“My quarterback and I looked at each other. We knew what we wanted to do. He threw it to the outside shoulder. It was a great pass.”
Concord’s Luis Echevarria returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, but that just gave the ball back to the Colonials’ offense. Sophomore Isaiah Gaynor broke off a 33-yard run on his only carry of the day, and Floyd went the final 9 for a 35-14 lead with 3:01 left in the first half.
Nelson scored on a 6-yard run and Chris Davis added a 42-yard touchdown burst to make it 49-14 after three quarters. Concord’s Devon Broady finished the scoring with a 50-yard run.
Joe Greenwood added 14 carries for 101 yards for the Colonials, and Johnson completed four of his five passes for 148 yards. Roberts led the Raiders with 10 carries for 105 yards – all in the first half.
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