the whole 32-yards on first down for the score. An uncharacteristic miss from kicker Matt Mainwaring left the score at 6-0.
Kennett (1-4, 3-5) answered right back, though, with a big play of its own, when Connor Hyzny rumbled 43 yards to the Indians’ five. Quarterback Jake Dilcher punched it in from the one for the 7-6 lead, they took into the halftime.
“We played a very good first quarter, and good first half, really,” said Kennett coach Doug Langley. “But we need to play a full four quarters. We’re young, and we’re getting better every week. But we have to play a full four quarters if we’re going to end with a couple more wins.”
In the second half, Unionville kept with the game plan, keeping it on the ground and moving the chains. Soon enough, the one- and two-yard gains started turning into six and seven yarders, and even bigger ones on occasion.
Dante Graham, who had just two yards in the first half, piled up 89 yards on 10 carries after halftime, with three TDs.
“Coach (Pat) Clark has us very well conditioned,” said Graham. “We condition until we can barely take it. So we tend to be able to pick things up in the second half against most teams. We just keep coming after them hard and wear them down.”
Zubilaga led all rushers in the game, with 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries. He was quick to point out the job his teammates did on the other side of the ball.
“We held them to 14 points, seven for most of the game,” said Zubilaga. “This was a total team effort.”
Clark, who celebrated his 100th career win last week, agreed.
“I’ll take the first seven,” said Clark. “That was a bad blitz call on my part, so just a great job on defense.”
The Indians are now just a win away from clinching at least a tie for the American division crown.
“We struggled a bit early, but I think that schedule is really helping us now,” said Clark. “We’re a young team, and the kids are really coming into their own. Winning cures a lot of ills.”
Unionville’s Jack Adams runs as Kennett’s Garrett Cox converges Friday night.