Appoquinimink ran into a buzz-saw named the Smyrna Eagles last week, falling to the defending Division I state champions 64-16, falling to 1-1 on the young season.
Despite the loss to Smyrna, the Jags fought hard throughout the game, scoring points in each of the first three quarters last Friday night.
“Yes, we lost last week but the culture of the Appoquinimink football program is changing,” said Head Coach Brian Timpson. “The team never stopped fighting as we time and time again responded to adversity. We were able to play our offense and move the ball. I was pleased how we performed and think we are building on the foundation of our offense.”
Another one of the bright spots this season has been the play of senior quarterback Kenyon Yellowdy, who through two games has four touchdown passes and a rushing score for Appo. Yellowdy and has connected a few times this season with fellow senior Jayson Jeffers, a trend they hope to continue this weekend against Newark.
Newark, like the Jags, have split their first two matchups of the season, opening the year with a 27-7 loss to St. Mark’s before earning their first victory of the season last week in a 17-3 win over Mt. Pleasant.
Newark struggled on defense in their opener against St. Mark’s, but came back with a much better effort against Mt. Pleasant, holding them to just three points while also scoring on a fumble recovery.
Offensively, the Yellow Jackets are led by quarterback Andrew DelPercio, running back Dequan Woods and wideout Mekhi Pressey.
Over their first two games, they’ve found different ways to score. Of their 24 total points this year, 13 have come by way of touchdowns from the offense. The other scores came off the foot of kicker Zach Dakin and the Newark defense.
Coach Timpson and Newark’s Head Coach Barry Zehnder have known one another for over a decade, coaching together previously for four seasons.
“I know the work he brings,” said Timpson. “He has them playing with emotion and intensity. They are well coached and will be in the right spot ready to make plays. I expect a well prepared Yellow Jacket football team.”
Last season, the two teams played a close one, eventually won by the Jaguars 22-12. This time around, the Jags will be looking to get back into the win column in front of a homecoming game crowd.
“So far this season, they have proven they can run the ball and have a very athletic QB,” he said. “We need to be prepared for anything. Defensively they hit hard and have shown to be physical. At the end of the day, we need to play our game and keep building.”
The Jags will host Newark Friday night starting at 7 p.m.