The St. Georges Tech football team jumped out to 21-3 lead at halftime then hung on for the home win today to improve to 2-1 this season. See a video and a photo gallery with this story.

The St. Georges Tech football team improved to 2-1 this season with a 28-17 home victory over Appoquinimink today, Sept. 22.

The Hawks' defense provided an early spark. On Appo's first possession, St. Georges Tech forced a fumble and Ka'Shi Giles-Boyd scooped up the ball and ran 12 yards to the end zone. Mason Fitzgerald kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

On Appo's next possession, the Hawks' defense forced a punt.

Then Appo's defense struck, forcing a fumble, recovered by Hunter Carr at the Hawks' 45-yard line.

The Jags drove to the 5-yard line before a personal foul and a false start backed them up to the 22.

On fourth-and-goal, the Hawks broke up a pass to the end zone and took over.

The Hawks drove deep into Appo territory, with the big play a pass from quarterback Nyaire Wilson to Jordan Cheaton for a 46-yard gain to the Jaguars' 20.  But a few plays later the drive stalled, and St. Georges Tech attempted a field goal that was short.

In the second quarter, Appo drove deep into Hawks' territory, and Isabella Scarpinato kicked a 27-yard field goal to close the gap to 7-3.

The Hawks responded on their next possession, scoring on a 37-yard pass from Wilson to Rashaan Young. Fitzgerald's kick gave St. Georges Tech a 14-3 lead.

After the kickoff into the end zone, Appo took over on its 20. On the second play from scrimmage, the Hawks stripped the ball from the runner and recovered it at the 32.

Six plays later, Brian Benson bulled his way into the end zone from five yards out for a touchdown. Fitzgerald added the extra point and the Hawks took a 21-3 lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter, on the Hawks' first play from scrimmage, Benson carried the ball to the outside and raced past the Jaguars down the sideline for an 85-yard touchdown. Fitzgerald's kick gave St. Georges Tech a 28-3 advantage.

But on the kickoff, Appoquinimink's John Ngaita Kariuki caught the ball, broke a tackle, followed blockers, outmaneuvered more defenders and ran 95 yards to the end zone. Scarpinato's extra point kick cut the lead to 28-10.

Appo's defense forced a punt, and then the Hawks returned the favor. St. Georges Tech's Gi'Vonni Sanchez caught the punt and raced to Appo 35-yard line.

Then Appo's defense stiffened and held the Hawks on a fourth-down try.

The third quarter ended with the Hawks up 28-10, but the Jaguars had the ball.

The Jags' drive early in the fourth quarter included a big fourth-down conversion, when Justin Henry ran for five yards on fourth-and-two. 

A few plays later, Savion Field scored on a three-yard run. Scapinato kicked the extra point to pull the Jags within 11, at 28-17.

The Jags' defense forced the Hawks to punt, but the Hawks also stopped the Jags' next drive.

On St. Georges Tech's possession, the Hawks converted on fourth-and-inches deep in their own territory at about the 18. The gamble paid off and helped drain the clock.

When the drive stalled and the Hawks did punt, Appo's drive was stopped by an interception by Benson, and the Hawks held on for the 28-17 victory.

St. Georges Tech head coach John Wilson said the key to the win was the team's ability to make quick scores.

"In the first quarter, that fumble return for a touchdown was big," said Wilson. "We had some more big plays today, with the screen pass for a touchdown before the half, and Brian Benson is just a special player with that 85-yard run to start the second half."

However, Wilson said the Hawks let Appo get back in the game by giving up the kickoff return for a touchdown after Benson's long run.

"We could have made things a lot easier on ourselves in the second half if we wouldn't have let that happen," he said.

Wilson said the victory over Appoquinimink will be good preparation for the Hawks' next two opponents.

"This was the first spread offense we've faced this year, and now we're going to be going up against two more spread offenses in the next two weeks with Middletown and Dover," he said.

SEASON RECORDS: St. Georges Tech, 2-1; Appoquinimink, 1-2.

NEXT GAMES: St. Georges Tech at Middletown, Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Appoquinimink at Sussex Tech, Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.