Ken­ne­saw rolls past Gard­ner-Webb

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Ja­cob Con­ley MDJ Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

BOIL­ING SPRINGS, N.C. — Ken­ne­saw State found it­self trail­ing Gard­ner-Webb on Satur­day — for all of 15 sec­onds.

Af­ter Tre Jack­son kicked a 35-yard field goal, the Owls’ Isaac Fos­ter re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off 100 yards for a touch­down, and sec­on­dranked Ken­ne­saw State never looked back, win­ning 56-17.

“That was a big mo­men­tum shift in the game,” Ken­ne­saw State coach Brian Bo­han­non said. “We came out flat and Gard­ner-Webb made some plays early, but that kind of set­tled us down, and we went from there.”

Af­ter Ken­ne­saw State (6-1, 2-0 Big South Con­fer­ence) went three-and-out, Gard­ner-Webb (1-6, 0-1) crossed mid­field on a long pass to Adonus Lee. A.J. Moses picked up a first down via a run on fourth down, lead­ing to Jack­son’s field goal and a 3-0 lead for the Bull­dogs.

Then came Fos­ter’s re­turn, which be­gan a few yards into to the op­po­site end zone. The true fresh­man from Sum­merville also went the dis­tance for a touch­down against Alabama State on Sept. 15.

“I had my mo­men­tum be­hind the ball. That’s why I de­cided to bring it out,” Fos­ter said. My block­ers opened up a seam and I just ran.”

Nei­ther team scored for the rest of the quar­ter, leav­ing the lead at 7-3.

Ken­ne­saw State quarterback Chan­dler Burks then took over, con­vert­ing a fourth-down run early in the se­cond quar­ter that led to his 4-yard touch­down run to make the score 14-3. Gard­ner-Webb drove across mid­field on the next drive, but quarterback Jor­dan Smith was in­ter­cepted by for­mer Mount Paran Chris­tian School stand­out Do­rian Walker. That play set up a 16-yard touch­down run by Burks, ex­tend­ing the Owls’ lead to 21-3.

Ken­ne­saw State was not done in the first half as Dar­nell Hol­land scored on 48-yard run af­ter col­lect­ing a pitch from Burks, as the Owls led 28-7 at half­time.

Af­ter a three-and-out forced by the Ken­ne­saw State de­fense to start the se­cond half, the of­fense be­gan to chew up the clock and churn out yardage on the ground. A 7-minute, 14-se­cond drive was capped by Burks’ 5-yard run to put the Owls in front 35-3.

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