Washington erases 10-point deficit to edge Kent in football
— 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.