Bo knows football, spoils Kent’s opener

WORTON — The scouting report was that Kent County would give visiting Bo Manor a game last week when they met here for the football opener for both schools.

Coach Harold Somerville acknowledged that while size-wise the Trojans are not that big, he believed the Trojans matched up well skill-wise with their guests from Chesapeake City. And, Somerville has professed, they have team speed.

So … how do you explain the 42-6 loss?

“I don’t know what to say about Friday night,” Somerville said in an interview the following Wednesday, Sept. 6.

“I don’t know what happened. We were pumped up,” he added.

When pressed to describe, in one word, the game’s outcome, Somerville responded, “Devastating.”

The Trojans’ second-year head coach was cautiously optimistic that the Sept. 1 Trojans-Eagles matchup would not be a replay of last year’s flop — a 48-0 Trojan loss compounded by the ejection of three Kent players for bad behavior.

This time around, no one was kicked out, no one was injured enough to keep them out of Week Two’s game and the Trojans did score on Dwan Harris’ 44-yard quarterback sweep with about nine minutes remaining.

The game started out promisingly enough for the Trojans, who won the coin toss, elected to receive the opening kickoff, and quickly picked up 10 yards and a first down on back-to-back running plays by Taion Johnson.

The Trojans continued to make forward progress when Jonah Somerville gained another 3 yards on the third play from scrimmage, but soon after they had to punt on fourth-and long.

Nate Fleming returned the punt 60 yards for a touchdown. The point-after kick was true for a 7-0 Bo Manor lead just 2 minutes, 28 seconds into the game.

The Eagles scored on every possession of the first half, running the tally to 35-0 by intermission. They cashed in on two turnovers: a fumble by Kent’s freshman quarterback and a blocked punt.

The second half was played with a running clock.

Bo Manor scored on the first series after intermission, running the spread to 42-0 with 4:06 to play in the third quarter.

Kent finally broke through early into the fourth quarter on Harris’ QB sweep. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

Harris led the Trojans in rushing with 62 yards. He also had a 15-yard completion to JySir Valentine.

Johnson rushed for 30 yards.

Defensively, the Trojans were led by Trice Moore with five tackles. Ryan Myers had four tackles, including one for a loss. Valentine, Wesley Townsend and Mekhi Rogers each had three tackles.

Bo Manor quarterback Chris Harris was 8-of-13 for 79 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a TD.

Xavier Granado carried the ball 12 times for 84 yards and two scores.

Tucker Auer and Dain Lenz alternated taking the point-after kicks, each going 3-for-3.

The Trojans are looking to bounce back Sept. 8 at Arcadia in Virginia. The Firebirds have scored more than 100 points in their 2-0 start.

Kent returns home next week for a rare Saturday morning game — 11 a.m. Sept. 16 against Seaford, Delaware.

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