The St. George's Hawks scrambled to a 27-0 lead in the first half en-route to a 46-8 home victory over Pencader Charter Saturday morning under ominous clouds, as spectators and players watched in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, which was expected to hit Delaware late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
The Hawks potent ground game was led by senior Vaughn Simmons-Williams, who pounded the Titans for four rushing touchdowns during the game, with three coming in the first half. Williams scored on runs of 5, 1, 4 and 3 yards. Sophomore running back Taronn Selby added a 9-yard run of his own, also in the first quarter.
“I was a little disappointed in our first half, I'm not sure, but I think we played like we were a little distracted today,” said St. George's coach J.D. Maull.
“Our defense did play well almost the entire game, but we are a very young team, and we're coming together at the right time, and we are getting better each week,” said Maull.
In the second half, the talented Simmons-Williams scored at 9:22 of the third quarter to bring the Hawks lead to 33-0, but a two-point conversion attempt was no good. After a struggling Pencader offense was pinned deep in its own territory, the Titans decided to go for a first down, inside their own ten-yard line. The result was an interception by Ty Griffin, who raced 12 yards for a Hawk touchdown with 5:36 left in the quarter. King's PAT built the lead to 40-0 and began the running clock.
The Titans finally got on the scoreboard thanks to a well-executed drive that was helped by a 49-yard run by sophomore Sydante Scott. Several plays later, Scott scored from 8 yards out. Senior quarterback Na'ees Beeks ran in a two-point conversion to make the score 40-8, and resume the regular time clock with 9:10 remaining in the contest.
St. George's second team then punched in a final touchdown by Henderson at the 6:03 mark, but the extra point failed due to a bad snap, making the final score 46-8.
Next week, the 2-6 Titans host Mount Pleasant at 4 p.m., with the game being played at Caravel Academy. The Hawks host will Howard High School of Technology, Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
“I know one thing for certain, we will have to step it up if we hope to beat a good Howard football team, said Maull.