Archmere Academy's offense resembled an infantry ground attack Saturday instead of its usual air attack in a 30-8 victory over visiting Lake Forest Saturday afternoon at windy Coaches' Field in Claymont. The turf field is adjacent to the Delaware River on the Archmere campus, making for heavy winds throughout the day.
The 5-3 Auks ran for 262 yards against a Lake Forest defense that may have anticipated more passing from the Auks.
"We weren't able to throw the ball a lot today because of the wind. That's usually been our forte, so it was nice to see us being able to run the ball and take care of the clock." said Auks coach Jerry Ambrogi.
The Auks ground attack was led by senior running back Jack Malloy who ran the ball 32 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns. Francis McVey also helped carry the load with 51 yards on 10 carries.
Archmere scored in the first quarter on a Brian Rogers to Nicholas Udovich pass, but the PAT was no good, leaving the score 6-0 in favor of the Auks.
The only scoring in the second quarter came on a 27-yard field goal off the foot of the Auk's George Tsaganos for a 9-0 lead at the half.
Early in the third quarter, the Auks drove 53 yards for a touchdown, capped by Malloy's one yard TD run for a 16-0.
Lake Forest's only bright spot of the day was a 93 yard kickoff return by DyVaunte Bordley in the fourth quarter.
Malloy would score two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Both scores came at the end of long drives, which featured mostly running plays by the grounded Archmere offense.
"Our line's really coming together," Malloy said. "When you're running behind guys like offensive tackle Conor Furey and fullback Connor Speidel, it's pretty easy to find holes for us running backs. "We're really catching our stride. We struggled a little bit in the beginning, but things are coming around, he said."
The Spartans are now 4-4 on the season after having a tough time with the Archmere defense.
Archmere will play against Delaware Military Academy Friday at McKean High school at 7 p.m., and Lake Forest will host Seaford Friday night at 7:30 p.m.