It was an old-fashioned barn-burner at Appoquinimink High School on a cool and crisp Friday night as the Jaguars ended their 2012 regular season with a 13-9 loss to the Concord Raiders.
“We just made too many mistakes tonight, especially on offense. You can't make that many mistakes and turnovers and expect to win a football game at any level,” said Appoquinimink coach Jeff Weiner.
Appoquinimink struck first on a field goal by junior Andrew Jones near the end of the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.
Concord would come roaring back with a long drive of their own, to take a 7-3 lead on a touchdown run by senior Grant Roberts at 8:38 of the second period. Eli Zickefoose supplied the PAT. Moments later Jaguar senior Malacchi Esdale would bring the entire crowd to its feet with an 92-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. However, the extra point sailed wide to keep the Appo lead at 9-7.
On their next possession, the Raiders marched methodically down the field. The drive would culminate with a 6-yard touchdown run by Roberts. Zickefooses' PAT was wide-right, so going into halftime Concord was on top 13-9. The Raiders had another scoring opportunity earlier in the second quarter, but the kicker missed a 35-yard attempt that had the distance, but just missed wide right.
In the third quarter, both offenses moved the ball well, but neither team was able to add to their point total due to strong defense efforts. In fact, both defenses were solid throughout the evening.
Appoquinimink had several scoring opportunities in the fourth quarter, but again penalties and mistakes cost the Jaguars an opportunity to earn the victory.
“We definitely had our chances tonight, there's no doubt about that. But we are a young team and should have a lot of players back for next season and we should be a better team overall next year,” said Weiner.
For Concord coach George Kosanovich, it was nearly a case of deja-vu from a week ago when his Raiders played, but lost to Salesianum 21-13. “Last week it was also a close score, and we had a chance to win, but we made a few mistakes. This week, however, they made the mistakes and we were fortunate to hang on at the end. That is a very good, young football team that's well coached,” said Kosanovich.