Big sec­ond half car­ries QA’s to vic­tory at Kent

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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.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Kevin Mal­lory (7) and Pey­ton Tay­lor cel­e­brate a Kent County fum­ble re­cov­ery early in the first quar­ter Fri­day night.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

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.

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