Kent at Snow Hill tonight in opening round of 1A East football

WORTON — In golf it’s called a “mulligan,” a second chance shot off the tee when the first shot was one you’d like to forget.

For our purposes, in discussing tonight’s football playoff game between Kent County and Snow Hill, we’ll call it a “do-over.”

The Trojans (1-8) are getting another shot at the 5-4 Eagles, who moved to the plus side of .500 after ending the regular season with a 47-6 victory at KCHS on Friday night, Oct. 27 — which was the Trojans’ homecoming game.

Snow Hill and Kent County are meeting tonight (Thursday, Nov. 2) in the opening round of the Class 1A East Region tournament. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

“This is a winnable game as long as every player keeps their head in the game,” KCHS head coach Harold Somerville wrote in a text message to The Evening Enterprise.

He pointed to turnovers and penalties — “beating ourselves” — as having played a huge role in last week’s loss.

Snow Hill cashed in on a pair of turnovers in the final 27 seconds of the first half to score twice for a 27-6 lead.

Cameron Miller returned an interception 58 yards to the Kent County 5-yard line and on the first play from scrimmage Jakhi Boulware plunged into the end zone to make it 21-6.

The point-after kick was blocked.

Scottie Ford returned the ensuing kickoff to the Snow Hill 33, giving Kent County good field position with very little time on the clock. But on the first snap, the Trojans’ quarterback lost the handle on the wet ball. 

Miller scooped up the loose ball and raced 67 yards the other way for another Snow Hill touchdown as a 27-6 lead.

The Trojans’ first possession of the second half ended with a pick-6, and it didn’t get any better.

Snow Hill’s final TD and the 2-point conversion came with only 15 seconds elapsed in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles scored on their first possession, which started inauspiciously enough when their quarterback on the very first snap fell on his own fumble at the 10 for a loss of 5 yards.

On third-and-15, Boulware caught the ball with one hand and in stride for what turned out to be an 85-yard score.

The kick was low, but Snow Hill was on the board with 5 minutes, 25 seconds elapsed.

Kent answered with a 60-yard scoring drive that was set up by runs from Ford, Jonah Somerville and Tyrell Fennell.

On first-and-10 from the Snow Hill 25, with 3:14 remaining in the opening quarter, Somerville found tight end JySir Valentine for what turned out to be Kent’s only score of the night.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Valentine reached up over a defender to snag the pass and, when he landed on his feet, turned to avoid a tackle and lumbered into the end zone.

The score was 6-6 after Kent was stopped short of the goal line on a run attempt.

Snow Hill wasted little time regaining the lead. After Boulware returned Brennen Dean’s kickoff to the Eagles’ own 39, they needed just one down.

On the first snap, with 2:55 to play in the first frame, Zyheem Collick out of the backfield ran wide right and then cut in front of the Kent County sideline en route to the end zone.

The Eagles missed on their 2-point run attempt, but they had pulled ahead for good, 12-6. 

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