The Kentlake Falcons opened their 2018 season with a non-division contest against the Chargers of Kentridge High School at French Field last Friday night.
Kentlake kicked off to open the game and promptly forced a turnover on downs. On the Falcons first offensive play, Senior QB Hudson Potts kept the ball around right end and scampered 35 yards to the end zone. Tyler Hopp added the PAT and Kentlake took an early 7-0 lead. Following the subsequent kickoff, Junior DE X-Zavier Thomas forced a fumble which was recovered by Kentlake at the Kentridge 22 yard line. The Chargers responded with a forced fumble of their own, followed quickly by a deep strike 78 yard TD pass from Natano Woods to Jeremy Banks to tie the game. Kentlake responded by driving the length of the field, capped by a 31 yard TD run by Potts, his second rushing TD of the opening quarter. Kentridge capped the first quarter scoring with a drive of their own, ending with Natano Woods scoring on a 1 yard TD plunge. At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied up, Kentlake 14 – Kentridge 14.
The Falcons scored on their first drive of the second quarter, a 26 yard FG by Hopp. Following the kickoff, the Kentlake defense held the Chargers to a three-and-out, forcing a Kentridge punt. Dashaun Leon popped a 33 yard run into Charger territory. The drive stalled, but Hopp converted a 40 yard FG to put the Falcons up 20 to 14. Kentridge responded on their next drive, taking the lead on a 42 yard Woods TD pass. Kentlake responded with a 67 yard scoring drive highlighted by a 31 yard catch from Junior WR Ethan Whitehouse, and a 16 yard TD strike from Potts to Senior TE Carson Lucas. Kentridge continued to take deep shots down the field, but Hudson Potts picked one off, streaking 71 yards into the end zone. The Chargers were determined to score before the half, and nearly did so on the last play of the second quarter. Woods dumped a short pass off to Banks, who ran through traffic 37 yards, but Kentlake Junior CB Jalen Taylor fought off a block and drove Banks out at the one yard line to end the threat. The score at halftime stood Kentlake 33, Kentridge 21.
Kentlake received the second half kickoff, and Jalen Taylor returned it into Kentridge territory. Dashaun Leon got loose for a 35 yard run down to the Chargers five yard line, and junior RB Mateo Alcocer punched it in from there. Kentridge responded with a big play from RB Jaron Gonzalez, breaking a tackle and springing 65 yards for a score. On the Falcons next possession, Potts found junior WR Sam Morasch for a 55 yard catch and run down to the Chargers 3 yard line. Leon punched it in from there to give Kentlake a 47-28 lead midway through the third quarter. No quit from the Chargers as they responded with a 67 yard scoring drive capped by a 12 yard TD pass from Woods to Gonzalez. The Falcons turned to the ground game, grinding out a 65 yard drive ending with a 9 yard TD pass from Potts to Morasch. The score at the end of the third quarter stood Kentlake 53-35.
The Falcons defense stepped up in the fourth quarter, containing the explosive Charger attack. X-Zavier Thomas and sophomore DE Sean Hicks provided great pressure on Woods, and the defensive front seven led by middle linebacker Carson Lucas held the line. After three quarters of big play football, the fourth quarter passed without a point added to the total. Final score from French Field was Kentlake 53, Kentridge 35. Hudson Potts was involved in five touchdowns for Kentlake, two passing, two rushing, and the pick-six interception. Dashaun Leon added 95 yards rushing on 10 carries and one touchdown. Sam Morasch was the leading receiver for the Falcons with five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Kentlake (1-0) will travel to Tahoma (1-0) to face the Bears this Friday. Tahoma defeated Auburn 17-14 in their opening game this week. Kentridge (0-1) will travel for a non-league game at Nathan Hale (1-0).