Kentlake traveled to Tahoma last Friday for their second game of the season. Kentlake won their opening game last week against Kentridge, and Tahoma won their opener against Auburn, 17-14.
Jalen Taylor received the opening kickoff for the Falcons and sprinted 80 yards for a Kentlake touchdown. Tyler Hopp added the point after touchdown and the Falcons took a 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the game. Kentlake held the Bears to a three and out, then stopped Tahoma’s Tim McGonegle on a fake punt attempt on fourth down. Kentlake took the ball back on the Bears 36 yard line. The Falcons earned a first down, pushing inside the Bears 25 yard line, but a mis-timed snap cost Kentlake nearly 20 yards and they were forced to punt. Tahoma had a bad snap of their own on the following possession, forcing a punt. With both teams intent on running the ball, the first quarter elapsed quickly with the score at the end of the period, Kentlake 7, Tahoma 3.
While the game started with the threat of showers, the second quarter brought an extended soaking rain. Kentlake started their next possession on their own 15 yard line and drove the length of the field on the strength of couple of strong runs by senior RB Dashaun Leon. The Falcons drove down to the Bears 20 yard line before Tahoma forced a fumble. Tahoma took advantage of the turnover, driving inside the Kentlake five yard line. The Falcons defense held on the goal line, forcing the Bears to kick a 28 yard field goal. With 3:30 remaining in the half, the Bears successfully recovered the ensuing onside kick in Falcons territory. Kentlake’s Hudson Potts grabbed the momentum back with an interception and 55 yard return to the Bears 15 yard line. A 10 yard catch and run by Sam Morasch brought the ball down to the Bears five yard line, but the Tahoma defense made a goal line stand of their own. Kentlake attempted a 20 yard FG but it was blocked by McGonegle. Time expired in the half with the score Kentlake 7, Tahoma 3.
Tahoma received the second half kickoff and drove into Kentlake territory, but the drive was killed by a 10 yard loss on a sack by Kentlake defensive end X-Zavier Thomas. A promising Kentlake drive fueled by an 18 yard catch and run from Hudson Potts to Carson Lucas, and an 18 yard run by Dashaun Leon, pushed into Bears territory but was killed by a Tahoma tipped ball interception. The game was delayed on the ensuing possession following an injury to Tahoma QB Gabe Shouman, who was assisted from the field by medical personnel. (Update: Shouman was released from the hospital that night and is recovering at home from some numbness and soft tissue injury, but his prognosis is positive). Following the injury delay, play resumed and time expired in the third quarter, Kentlake 7, Tahoma 3.
Kentlake again drove into the Tahoma red zone, led by another 20 yard run by Dashaun Leon, but the Bears defense again held on fourth down. Tahoma regained possession with 3:47 remaining from their own 15 yard line down by only 4 points. Sophomore defensive end Sean Hicks made an incredible defensive play where he hit Tahoma QB Shay Lowry, who escaped and retreated nearly 30 yards only to be tracked down and hit by Hicks again as he threw a floating pass that was nearly intercepted by Kentlake’s Jalen Taylor. On the following play, X-Zavier Thomas made another huge defensive play with a sack and forced fumble to end the Tahoma threat. With time expiring, Kentlake pushed into the end zone on a five yard QB wedge by Hudson Potts. As the Falcons were setting up for the PAT, the officials conferenced and ruled the ball down inside the one yard line, and took the points off the scoreboard. Kentlake lined up in victory formation and took a knee for the final play, winning with a final score of Kentlake 7, Tahoma 3. Dashaun Leon led the Falcons with 133 yards on 21 carries. Carson Lucas was the leading receiver for Kentlake with 2 catches for 24 yards.
Kentlake improves to 2-0 and will face rival Kentwood (0-2) at French Field this Friday. Tahoma falls to 1-1 overall and will travel to Mt. Rainier (0-2) this week.