Im­proved Tro­jans prep for 1A East

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WOR­TON — You only need to com­pare scores to know that Kent County High School’s boys lacrosse pro­gram is on an uptick. That the Tro­jans are 4-6 — more wins than the pre­vi­ous two years com­bined — is an­other in­di­ca­tor of their im­prove­ment.

Things are go­ing so well that sec­ond-year head coach Bren­don Ire­ton thinks a bye and then a home game are pos­si­ble in the Class 1A East Re­gion tour­na­ment that starts next week.

The reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale is Fri­day at Cam­bridge.

Kent County went 0-2 last week against Class 3A James Ben­nett and Class 2A Queen Anne’s. In each game, the score was so much bet­ter than last year.

Ben­nett de­feated Kent, 17-6; last year’s game was a beat­down, 22-6.

Bor­der ri­val QA’s pulled out a 12-6 win, com­pared to a lop­sided 17-2 vic­tory a year ago.

Both games were closely con­tested through the first half, “but we strug­gled get­ting points early and played a lot of de­fense,” Ire­ton said.

Jeremy Gra­ham was cred­ited with a sea­son-high 12 saves against 7-2 James Ben­nett, the top team on the lower Shore.

Kent played well “in spurts” on April 26 against Queen Anne’s (7-5), Ire­ton said.

Gra­ham made seven stops.

Si­las Phillips led the Tro­jans with three goals, ex­tend­ing his scor­ing streak to three games in a row. Joey Cerino con­trib­uted two goals and Drew Baker as­sisted twice.

Ny’tre Green had Kent’s other goal. Kolby Wal­ters and Zach Argo each had one helper.

If the Tro­jans are go­ing to fin­ish strong and make some noise in post­sea­son, “we need to get on the same page of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively, get­ting our ‘ A game’ from both sides,” Ire­ton said. “In tougher games, we’ve got­ten good play from one side while the other strug­gled.”

Last week against larger schools Ben­nett and Queen Anne’s, it was the de­fense that stepped up for Kent.

Ire­ton said if the Tro­jans are to be suc­cess­ful from here on out, they will have to play con­sis­tently well from end line to end line and “con­trol our fo­cus within the stick skills.”

Be­gin­ning this year, there are sep­a­rate state lacrosse tour­na­ments for each of the four en­roll­ment clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

Kent County is in the 1A East Re­gion with the small­est schools on the Shore and in Har­ford and Ce­cil coun­ties. Kent’s sec­tion in the re­gion is com­prised of Cam­bridge and Bo Manor. Kent ripped Bo Manor, 14-1, on April 9.

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