Falcons top Royals for third win of the season

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Coach Thompson begs to differ with an official. [Tom Jones Photography]

Kent-Meridian received the opening kick and drove 70 yards, but a 39 yard field goal attempt was no good.  Kentlake responded with a 70 yard drive of their own, chewing up most of the first quarter, but turned over on downs at the K-M 10 yard line.  The Falcons were able to capitalize on the field position, scoring a safety on a tackle in the end-zone by Jeremiah Woods.

Kentlake opened the second quarter after receiving the free kick, driving 55 yards capped by a 7 yard TD run by Marques Fualaau on a tricky “Statue of Liberty” handoff.  Kentlake scored on their next drive, 60 yards finished by a 5 yard TD pass from Brandon Mortenson to Carson Lucas.  Following a Royals punt, Kentlake scored again on a double pass, Mortenson to Fualaau to a wide open Michael Alar.  The PAT by Tyler Hopp put the Falcons up 23-0 with 4:00 minutes left in the half.  Kent-Meridian responded with a big play of their own, a 63 yard TD pass, which made the score 23-7 at halftime.

Kentlake received the second half kickoff, but Kent-Meridian struck first with a 30 yard fumble return for a TD.  The Falcons scored next, following a nice 35 yard catch and run from Mortenson to Jaryn Mackey.  Tony Heimann II punched in the TD from six yards out.  The Royals missed a 28 yard field goal, but scored on their next possession on a 14 yard TD pass.  After three quarters, the score was Kentlake 30, K-M 21.

The Royals had a chance to score early in the fourth quarter but sophomore free safety Mason Homolka intercepted in the end zone and returned to the Kentlake 20 yard line.  Brandon Mortenson popped a big run, 30 yards on a keeper to inside the Royals 5 yard line.  Alex Lopez punched it into the end zone to give the Falcons a two score lead.

With time becoming a factor, Kent-Meridian again drove into Kentlake territory, but Mason Homolka snagged another interception to seal the win for the Falcons.  Final score from French Field was Kentlake 34, Kent-Meridian 21.

With the win, Kentlake improves to 2-0 in conference play, 3-1 overall.  Next up for the Falcons is a big game with Kennedy Catholic (1-1, 3-1) at 7:00 pm Friday at French Field.