Jaguars claim first win over Raiders, and it is in play­offs

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SPORTS - BY ARTHUR UT­LEY Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent

Jaguars keep rolling: Glen Allen surges past Atlee in a Class 5B play­off game to ex­tend its best-ever sea­son. Short-handed win: Hen­rico rides its de­fense for a Class 5B win over Varina af­ter QB Jalon Jones is ejected. End of an era: Monacan pre­vails in a Class 4B play­off game in Powhatan coach Jim Wood­son’s fi­nal game.

The Glen Allen foot­ball team has made a habit of beat­ing op­pos­ing schools for the first time in this record-set­ting sea­son.

Glen Allen did it again on the road against Atlee on Fri­day night in the first round of the Class 5, Re­gion B foot­ball play­offs. The fifth-seeded Jaguars shut out the fourth-seeded Raiders in the first half and re­sponded quickly to each of Atlee’s touch­downs in the sec­ond half to record a 34-14 vic­tory on a damp, chilly night.

The Jaguars were 0-4 against the Raiders when both teams were mem­bers of the Cap­i­tal Dis­trict (2011-2014).

Glen Allen (9-2) won its first play­off game in its sec­ond play­off ap­pear­ance. The Jaguars won a to­tal of 7 games from 2014-2017.

The Glen Allen stu­dent sec­tion was as ex­cited as the play­ers were with the vic­tory and rushed onto the field to cel­e­brate af­ter the teams went through the hand­shake line.

“I’m re­ally proud of our guys be­cause this could have been a mo­ment that could have been too big for them. They didn’t let it get to them. They just came out and played a great foot­ball game on

both sides of the ball,” coach Sal Camp said. “There are times we let up and tonight I didn’t see the letup. They played for 48 min­utes, and that’s what we preach and that’s what they did tonight.”

Quar­ter­back Dono­van Rid­dick con­tin­ued to be the linch­pin of the Jaguars’ of­fen­sive at­tack. He threw three touch­down passes, two to Chris But­ler (6 catches 101 yards), and rushed for 110 yards and a touch­down.

“Our of­fen­sive line was fan­tas­tic tonight,” Camp said. “The (Isaac) Abel kid, the nose guard, for them is a scary kid, and we knew he was go­ing to be hard to block. Our of­fen­sive line stepped up big time.”

Glen Allen led 13-0 at half­time. Place­kicker Faraz Mo­hammed booted 24and 30-yard field goals, and But­ler turned a swing pass from Rid­dick into a 15-yard touch­down re­cep­tion.

The Jaguars held the Atlee of­fense to 66 to­tal yards, 40 com­ing on a run by Tucker Brat­ton.

“Ba­si­cally ev­ery night we come out we set a goal to go out on the field and shut a team out, and if we don’t reach that goal it’s OK, but we don’t want to give up many points. We do our jobs; we do the line­man as­sign­ment and ex­e­cu­tion. That’s what we fo­cus on. As long as we do those things we’ll be able to suc­ceed in the game,” said de­fen­sive line­man Solomon Dozier, who pres­sured War­ren fre­quently.

Atlee nar­rowed its deficit to 13-7 when Brat­ton caught a 13-yard TD pass from Tyler War­ren.

On the first play af­ter the kick­off, Rid­dick spot­ted But­ler be­hind the Atlee de­fense and com­pleted a 64-yard touch­down pass to put the Jaguars up by two touch­downs again.

Next up for the Jaguars is top-ranked High­land Springs.

“The coaches are go­ing to get to­gether, watch film and get pre­pared. We’ll pre­pare the best we can,” Camp said. “Ob­vi­ously High­land Springs is who they are. It’s a bless­ing and a curse. We get to play an­other play­off game, and that is some­thing Glen Allen has never done, so we’re happy and look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

GLEN ALLEN 34, ATLEE 14Class 5, Re­gion B first round

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