Wash­ing­ton erases 10-point deficit to edge Kent in foot­ball

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— The Tro­jans squan­dered a 10-point se­cond-half lead Fri­day night, penal­ties and missed as­sign­ments con­spir­ing against them in a var­sity foot­ball game that they should have won.

“That’s what hap­pens when you’re in­ex­pe­ri­enced,” Kent County coach Bren­don Ire­ton said of the 33-31 loss.

How in­ex­pe­ri­enced are the Tro­jans?

Of the 22 starters who took the field Fri­day night, only se­nior Chris Lob­ley and ju­niors Josh Thomp­son and Matt Hart­man have more than two ca­reer starts un­der their belts.

The Tro­jans’ lack of ex­pe­ri­ence was com­pounded be­cause three stal­warts — sopho­more run­ning back/de­fen­sive back Bran­don Jones, ju­nior line­backer/punter Don­nie For­gan and do-it-all se­nior Si­las Phillips — were side­lined with in­juries.

And re­mem­ber, Kent County has not had a ju­nior var­sity pro­gram since 2010.

In the first half, the Tro­jans had touch­downs by B.K. Saun­ders and Ty Wil­son wiped out due to hold­ing penal­ties and an­other drive stalled in­side the 5-yard line. Their first touch­down was called back on their open­ing drive.

While it seemed that Kent couldn’t catch a break in the first half, the deficit was a mod­est six points, 15-9, at in­ter­mis­sion.

Fresh­man Thomas Golds­bor­ough (5-of-9, 99 yards) con­nected with sopho­more Xavier “Mookie” Jones for a 14-yard scor­ing strike and Dru Wal­ters’ ex­tra-point kick split the up­rights.

Ju­nior line­backer Jalen Henry’s safety ac­counted for the Tro­jans’ other first-half points.

Sopho­more Pey­ton Tay­lor moved un­der cen­ter Josh Thomp­son after in­ter­mis­sion, call­ing his own num­ber for a 54-yard touch­down and run­ning in the 2-point con­ver­sion after Wil­son’s 37-yard score and Saun­ders’ 7-run TD.

Tay­lor com­pleted only one of four passes for 13 yards, but rushed for 78 yards on four car­ries.

Wil­son and Saun­ders each gained 72 yards on 16 car­ries apiece.

Taek­won Dug­gins caught two passes for 69 yards and “Mookie” Jones had three re­cep­tions for 36 yards.

The Tro­jans (0-2) fin­ished with 112 pass­ing yards and 238 yards on the ground, much im­proved from the 45 to­tal yards they had the week be­fore in the 42-0 beat­down at Park­side.

Jones led the team with nine tack­les. Hart­man and Henry each had eight.

While ac­knowl­edg­ing that this is a game the Tro­jans should have and could have won, Ire­ton said there is a les­son to be gained from the loss.

“Ev­ery­one, the coaches and the play­ers, has to work harder,” he said.

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