Big second half carries QA’s to victory at Kent
WORTON — The Trojans bounced back from the 65yard touchdown run they gave up on the first play from scrimmage, but the 74- yard punt return for a score in the third quarter did them in Friday night.
Queen Anne’s never trailed after Hassan Biggus’ touchdown with only 16 seconds elapsed, but needed a big second half to put away host Kent, 35- 6.
The under- the- lights game at Trojan Stadium was the culminating event of Kent Goes Purple’s monthlong drug awareness campaign, so the crowd — estimated to be about 1,500 — was larger than usual and added to the emotion that is typical for any contest between these border rivals.
Queen Anne’s one-two punch of Donovan Cruz’s 6- yard touchdown, set up by a fumble recovery, and Gavin Jens’ punt return for another score about two minutes later extended the spread to 28- 6 with 6 minutes, 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The deficit was too big for a Kent County comeback.
“That third quarter was our worst quarter of the season, and in general we did not play well in the second half,” said Kent coach Dave Boyle.
Kent ( 2- 3) was limited to 68 yards of offense, its lowest production of the season.
“We couldn’t move the ball,” Boyle said, stating the obvious. He said Kent moved the ball less against Queen Anne’s ( 2- 3) than it did in the 53- 0 beatdown by Parkside ( 4- 1) in the season opener and in the 7- 0 loss to highly regarded Kent Island ( 4- 1) two weeks after that.
Kent’s only points came on defense, Tre Wright scooping up a Queen Anne’s fumble on the 4- yard line with 9: 31 remaining in the opening quarter to close to 7- 6.
A snap over the placeholder’s head prevented Drue Walters from getting a chance to kick the extra point.
Queen Anne’s fumbled on the first play of the ensuing possession and Taekwon Duggins recovered the loose ball, giving Kent good field position.
Moving the chains to the visitors’ 30-yard line, the Trojans opted to go for it on fourthand-8. But a penalty for illegal procedure backed them up and Boyle sent in the punting team.
The Lions added to their lead when sophomore quarterback SyRus McGowan ran in from the 6-yard line. Garrhett Richardson’s kick was good, making it 14-6 with just about six minutes remaining in the half.
Queen Anne’s put up 14 points in the third quarter, squashing any hopes of a Kent rally.
Kent quarterback Thomas Goldsborough was sacked five times in the second half, and too many drives stalled at or behind the line of scrimmage.
Queen Anne’s fourth-quarter touchdown — Cruz on a 1-yard run — was set up by a fumble recovery on the Kent 13-yard line.
Cruz finished with 45 yards on nine carries.
The Lions rushed for 300pus yards, led by Biggus (11 carries, 115 yards) and Ryan Muller (11 carries, 101 yards).
McGowan completed three of four passes for 48 yards and gained 10 yards on seven carries.
Goldsborough was 3-of-9 in the air, with a 21-yard completion to Ty Wilson.
The Trojans gained only 58 yards on the ground, led by Kolby Walters’ 25 yards on four carries.
Kevin Mallory (7) and Peyton Taylor celebrate a Kent County fumble recovery early in the first quarter Friday night.
Kent County’s Sam Braver (left) and Kolby Walters wrap up Queen Anne’s Hassan Biggus. Biggus led all ball carriers with 115 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run.