The St. Andrew's football defense was all over the field on Friday night against Red Lion in their opening game of the season. Six different Saints defenders on the night registered a sack for a total of nine sacks in the game. Leading the effort was Adrian Watts '20 who had a team high 7 tackles, two of which went for a loss and two sacks. Lamar Duncan '20, John McKee '18, Arthur Potter '19, Ryan Godfrey '19, Mason McKee '21, and Jarred St. John '18 all had strong showings for the Saints on the defensive side of the ball as well. Duncan registered six tackles, two sacks of his own and a forced fumble; J. McKee recorded six tackles and was in the backfield all night with four of those tackles going for a loss; Potter also chipped in with six tackles and an interception; Godfrey was another one with six tackles, two going for a loss, while also recording half a sack and forcing a fumble on a huge hit; M. McKee had five tackles and one sack in his high school football debut; St. John added five tackles of his own, three of them for a loss and one sack, while forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble, recording a safety and scoring a touchdown on defense.
Saints Football Defense Dominates for Season-Opening Win
The game started with the Saints receiving the ball and starting the first drive on their own 25. They had success moving the ball down the field but ultimately came up short once getting into the redzone. The very next series on defense is when Potter stepped in front of a pass and picked off a pass and headed down the sideline deep into Red Lion territory. The Saints again came up empty handed, but their defense kept the pressure on and stymied Red Lion's offense each time they had the ball. St. John got the scoring started when he stood up a Red Lion running back at his own ten yard-line and stripped him of the ball and took off into the endzone. J. McKee added the extra point to put the Saints up 7-0 in the second quarter.
At the start of the third quarter the Saints defense continued to shut down the Red Lion offense and force them in third and long situations. On third and 18 from their own 5 yard line Red Lion handed the ball off to their runningback, but St. John shot through and ripped their ball carrier down in his own endzone for a safety to put the Saints up 9-0. The scoring came to a halt from there until Red Lion finally pushed the all over the goalline late in the fourth to make the final score 9-7. In addition to St. John's strong defensive performace, he paced the Saints offense with 18 carries for 98 yard on the ground.
The Saints' next game is this Friday, September 22 at home against Seaford at 4:00 p.m.