Glen Allen, VA (WWBT)- Glen Allen High School took the field for its first varsity home football game on Friday night, but standing in the Jaguars' way of the first win in program history was Hermitage, last year's state runner-up.
Fans started arriving early at Glen Allen, some gathering before 5:00 pm, and a standing room only crowd was on hand by kickoff. Hermitage wasted no-time out of the gate. On the second play of the game, quarterback Dylan Jackson hit Brian Brown on a long pass play that set up a touchdown to make it 6-0 Panthers. After a fumble recovery, Derrick Green found the endzone from five yards out for his second touchdown of the first quarter. Hermitage would follow that up with an interception, which would lead to Green's third TD, a 41 yard touchdown rush to put the Panthers on top, 20-0. Damian Jones would return a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and Rahland Gordon would add to the total with an 84 yard interception return for another score, giving Hermitage a commanding 34-0 lead after the first quarter. The Panthers ran seven plays from scrimmage during the opening frame.
Glen Allen's defense would settle down and hold the Panthers in the second, as the 34-0 count remained intact at the break. The third quarter saw John Stiebel connect on a field goal to extend the lead to 37-0. The Jaguars would score their first home points in program history when Cole Hyman found DiMarco Jackson who ran his way into the endzone, capping off the scoring in the 37-7 win.
Green paced the Hermitage offense with 185 rushing yards on 18 carries and the three touchdowns.
Glen Allen will take another shot at getting the first win in school history next Friday as the Jaguars host Mills Godwin. Hermitage improves to 2-0 for the second straight year and will host Varina next Friday.
*The attached video references a red line spray painted on the Hermitage sideline that Glen Allen head coach Francel Smith used to fire up his team. Hermitage pointed out to NBC12 that the addition of this line on the sideline was due to the fact that a necessary line was not painted on the sideline when the Panthers arrived.