16 first-half points enough for Trojans’ first win

PRINCESS ANNE — Jonah Somerville figured in all three of the Trojans’ touchdowns Friday night, helping them halt an eight-game losing streak that bridged the 2022 and ’23 football seasons.

The Kent County High School junior caught a touchdown pass, threw for a touchdown and returned a kickoff for another as the Trojans defeated their hosts from Washington, 24-14.

The 24 points are twice as many points as the Trojans had scored in any of the previous six games this season.

Somerville played almost every down, only occasionally getting a breather on defense and when special teams were on the field.

Senior middle linebacker Trice Moore totaled a career-high 10 tackles and with senior safety Larry Steward led a fired-up defensive unit.

“We were really excited for this game. The defense played really well,” Moore said of the cohort that included Scottie Ford (seven tackles), Taion Johnson (six tackles) and Ryan Myers (five tackles).

“Everybody play well,” said Kent County head coach Harold Somerville in his typically understated manner.

There were few flags and turnovers (one fumble).

“It feels good, but we should have more than one win,” Somerville said in a phone interview Monday.

“I’m hoping this is the momentum we need to keep things moving in a positive direction,” he added.

Jonah Somerville was pressed into duty as Kent County’s quarterback when starter Dwan Harris suffered a game-ending injury after being tackled hard about six minutes into the second quarter.

Moore said the loss of Harris was a setback that the Trojans (1-6) overcame by “coming together as a team.”

“We all stepped up,” he said.

It helped that Kent already had an 8-0 lead.

For the Trojans’ first score, Somerville on a flat route came back for a pass from Harris and then raced 60 yards for a touchdown. Harris ran in the two-point conversion.

As it turned out, the Trojans would lead the rest of the way.

When Harris left the game after being slung to the ground, a blow that was softened only slightly because his shoulder pads hit the ground before his helmet, Jonah Somerville moved from slot receiver/wingback to under center.

His perfect spiral found 6-foot-4, 230-pound  tight end JySir Valentine for a 50-yard catch-and-run into the end zone. 

The hard-to-bring-down Valentine, out of the backfield, then tacked on the two-point conversion as the Trojans extended the spread to 16-0 before halftime.

Washington scored first after intermission, closing to 16-6.

But the winless Jaguars were unable to build on that because Somerville returned the ensuing kickoff for 80 yards and his third touchdown of the night.

Valentine ran in another two-point conversion to increase the Trojans’ lead to 24-6.

There was no catching them after that.

Kent County has two games remaining in the regular season: Thursday, Oct. 19 at Colonel Richardson and Friday, Oct. 27 at home against Snow Hill.

As of Tuesday, Harris’ status for Thursday was unknown, according to coach Somerville.

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