Concord’s Bam Morris ran the opening play of the game 75 yards for a touchdown, but ultimately it was Hodgson celebrating a 35-13 Flight A win Friday afternoon.
Morris might have made the first statement, but Hodgson scored on their first two drives of the game to gain the lead.
First, Darius Hale powered home a 7-yard touchdown run to bring his team within a point after a missed two-point conversion at 7-6.
Second, off play action, freshman C.J. Henry went ot the air, finding senior Ray Mapp in the end zone for a touchdown, giving the Silver Eagles a 12-7 lead after 12 minutes.
Daniel Douglas collected an interception midway through the second quarter, and that was converted into more points as Henry and Mapp connected ahead on a pass play, bringing the lead to 20-7 after Henry found Simian Smith on a two-point play.
Mapp then extended the lead to start the second half, as he returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, pushing the lead to 28-7 with the made conversion.
The teams traded interceptions in the 3rd quarter, and Concord was able to take advantage of a short field early in the 4th quarter, as Roberts scored from 7 yards away brining the deficit down to 28-13 with 8:12 left.
Concord’s defense forced a punt, giving them posession deep in their own territory, but Hodgson’s defense made one final big play.
Jalik Howard sacked Concord’s quarterback, forcing a fumble that Amir Mitchell-Marville recovered inside the 10. Two plays later, it was Smith celebrating a touchdown, and the Silver Eagles had their biggest Flight A victory to date.
Hodgson (3-1, 2-0 Flight A) plays its final non-conference game next Saturday, when they host Delaware Military Academy at 2pm.
Concord (1-3, 1-1 Flight A) will look to bounce back at home next Saturday at 2pm against William Penn.