Kent unable to catch up to Queen Anne’s

WORTON — Every time Kent County appeared poised to turn the page, Queen Anne’s flipped the script.

Try as they might, the Trojans were never really able to get out of the 19-point hole they dug themselves in the first half of the border rivalry Friday night, Oct. 6.

Queen Anne’s scored 29 unanswered points on the way to a 56-12 victory on what was Kent County’s Senior Night.

“First and second quarter the guys were competing and moving steady. Even with the score difference, they continued to play football and not give us,” Kent head coach Harold Somerville wrote in a text message to The Evening Enterprise.

“In the second half, they began to fall apart,” Somerville said in the text. “Made changes on defense and we began to play better, but we couldn’t beat the clock.”

The Trojans (0-6) had the first scoring opportunity of the night when Ryan Myers recovered a fumble (forced by Taoin Johnson) on the Lions’ punt return just 3 minutes, 3 seconds into the game.

Kent County ultimately moved the sticks to the QA’s 30, but an interception of quarterback Dwan Harris ended the drive abruptly.

The Lions (3-3) turned that turnover into six points and the first of three touchdowns in a row as they built a 19-0 lead with just under nine minutes to play in the half.

Kent County dented the scoreboard on its next possession, a 75-yard drive capped by Larry Steward’s 70-yard catch-and-run.

On third-and-15, Steward broke a tackle along the sideline in front of the Kent bench, stumbled but regained his footing and raced into the end zone untouched.

The try for two failed, making it 19-6 with 7:21 remaining before the break.

Queen Anne’s matched that TD and then some by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and making good on its two-point conversion to extend the spread to 27-6.

The Trojans weren’t done yet.

They scored on their next possession with Harris hooking up with Jonah Somerville for a 44-yard strike. 

The 80-yard drive was kept alive by JySir Valentine’s first down catch to the Queen Anne’s 44. On fourth-and-7, Valentine juggled the ball like a hot potato but managed to hold on to it.

Again the Trojans tried for a two-point conversion, but Harris’ pass was incomplete when the receiver slipped on the dewy grass.

Queen Anne’s took over after that, scoring two touchdowns in the final 3:23 of the half to take a 42-12 lead into the locker room.

The lead swelled to 49-12 with 4:50 to go in the third quarter, and the remainder of the game was played with a running clock.

The Trojans are on the road for the next two weeks: tonight (Oct. 13) at Washington and next Thursday, Oct. 19 at Colonel Richardson.

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