Our Falcons survived a wet and windy night at Renton Memorial Stadium, holding off the Highlanders of Hazen High School by a score of 7-2. Kentlake improves to 6-1 on the season. With the victory, the Falcons ensure a playoff spot for the second consecutive season under head coach Brett Thompson.
Kentlake’s defense continued an impressive season, holding the Hazen offense scoreless. Brandon Kelley sacked Hazen quarterback Julian Santos on the Highlanders opening possession of the game, forcing Hazen to punt. The Falcons struck quickly, driving the length of the field and scoring on a 14 yard pass from Justin Peterson to Brian Dye. Hazen wasn’t able to sustain a ground game against the league leading Falcons rush defense. Santos took a couple of deep shots downfield, which were well defended by Dashaun Leon and Hudson Potts. The first quarter ended with the Falcons leading 7-0.
The wind and rain started to pick up in the second quarter, and both offenses struggled to sustain drives. Hazen’s sole scoring play came on a Kentlake punt from the Falcons 46 yard line that sailed over the head of punter Tyler Padilla into the end zone. Padilla wisely kicked the loose ball through the end zone for a safety. Trask Rogers, Marques Fuala’au, Micah Viafale, and Jacob Garcia all recorded sacks in the second quarter. The score at halftime stood at 7-2, Kentlake.
The Falcons controlled field position for the majority of the second half, but were unable to convert on several trips into the red zone. In the third quarter Kentlake attempted a 47 yard field goal. Tyler Padilla’s kick was plenty strong, but just missed to the right. Kentlake senior Eddie Edwards made an impact after halftime, popping a 36 yard run, intercepting a pass, and converting a 4th down and 13 with a 20 yard rush. Following that first down, Micah Viafale scored on a 7 yard rush, but the play was called back on a holding penalty. Kentlake failed to convert a 36 yard field goal.
Tony Heimann ended another Hazen drive with an interception, and the Falcons again drove as deep as the Highlanders 16 yard line. Following another holding penalty, Kentlake turned it over on downs giving Hazen a final opportunity from their own 23 yard line, down five points with 2:30 remaining in the game. The Falcons defense held the Highlanders on four consecutive plays, and Kentlake was able to kneel at the Hazen 10 yard line to run out the clock.
The Falcons will next face the Rams of Mt. Rainier High School, who hold an identical 6-1 win-loss record following a 55-12 victory over Kentridge last night. The contest will feature the NPSL’s leading rusher, Mt. Rainier’s J.J. Young, against the best rush defense in the league. The Rams average over 220 rushing yards per game, but the Falcons have allowed less than 40 yards rushing per game. The game will kick off at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 22nd at French Field in Kent.