Jaguar Seniors Come Through On Senior Day
The Radnor Raiders entered Saturday’s afternoon game at Garnet Valley on a three game losing streak while the Garnet Valley Jaguars were looking to stay undefeated on their homecoming day at Morris DeFrank Field.
The Radnor Raiders received the ball first and after quickly being stopped the Raiders had to punt the ball away. As the Raiders tried to punt the ball away the football was blocked by senior Ahmed Taha. Brendan Miller easily picked up the ball and trotted into the end zone to open the homecoming game with a bang to put the Jags up 7-0.
Head coach of Garnet Valley Mike Ricci commented on how well the special teams did to start the game, “It was great, the first play we had senior Ahmed Taha block the punt and senior Brendan Miller picks the ball up and scores, and it’s a great story on senior day, senior parent day, and I was thrilled for those guys that they were able to do that. It set the tone for the game, we have been working hard on our special teams all year and they were able to come through.”
Following the next couple series after Jaguars senior Jared Bonacquisti ran an 18 yard run down into the red zone; Marcellus Irving rushed for a six yard touchdown run and put the Jaguars up 14-0 after Dan Acchione kicked the extra point at the end of the first quarter. Irving said “I’ve been getting the ball close to the end zone; I just like to power the ball in there.”On Radnor’s next series quarterback Tyler Anderson threw an interception to Pat McGroarty as Radnor was threatening. The Jaguars took advantage of the turnover and senior running back Tim Keyser scored on a 39 yard touchdown run to lengthen the lead 20-0 Jaguars.
After Radnor continued to have trouble finding the end zone the Jaguars offense continued to pound the ball. After bouncing around defenders and finding running lanes Tim Keyser ran a long 78 yard touchdown run to give the Jaguars a 26-0 lead. Another senior came up big and recovered a fumble on a bobbled handoff from Radnor, Ryan Canzanese landed on the fumble for the Jaguars. The offense once again took advantage after a turnover, and after a big catch by Marcellus Irving down to the one yard line quarterback Mark McHugh scored on a sneak into the end zone. Jaguars lead now by 32 points.
Then to seal the deal for the Jaguars Mark McHugh scored on a five yard touchdown run. The Jaguars starters came out at the end of the third quarter which gave the young guys some playing time. After a scoreless quarter the game ended with the Jaguars staying undefeated (8-0) after winning 39-0. The Jaguar seniors came up big on Senior Day.
Next week The Radnor Raiders will try to end their four game losing streak home against Haverford Township. The Jaguars will play Lower Merion at Harriton High School stadium. Coach Mike Ricci of Garnet Valley said “Lower Merion is another great offensive team; last week they had over 300 yards against Strath Haven, and we’re going to need to play better defense and we will work on that this week.”
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