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