Our Falcons brought a 4-1 record into Homecoming Week, prepared to face the 3-2 Highlanders of Hazen HS. Starting at quarterback this week for Kentlake was freshman Payton Accetturo, in relief of senior QB Hudson Potts who dislocated his shoulder the previous week versus Federal Way.
The first quarter started with an exchange of punts, but Hazen scored on their second possession, a 47 yard drive capped by a 3 yard touchdown pass. Kentlake responded with a 50 yard drive of their own, bolstered by some tough running by senior RB Dashaun Leon, but the Falcons turned over on downs near the Hazen red zone. The score at the end of the first period was Hazen 7, Kentlake 0.
On their first possession of the second quarter, the Highlanders drove 73 yards and punched in a one yard touchdown. Hazen put together another good drive on their next possession, but the Falcons defense held at their five yard line and the Highlanders 22 yard field goal attempt was destroyed by Jalen Taylor, who tackled the holder in mid-hold. Kentlake struggled to move the ball in the first half, with a total of four muffed snaps hurting their ability to move the chains. At halftime the score stood Hazen 14, Kentlake 0.
Kentlake received the second half kickoff and drove 75 yards down the field, capped by a 6 yard touchdown pass from Accetturo to Carson Lucas. Accetturo was 5 for 6 for 40 yards on the drive, picking up four first downs. Hazen quickly recaptured the momentum, returning the subsequent kickoff 40 yards into Kentlake territory. The Highlanders took advantage of the short field, driving 40 yards capped by a 1 yard touchdown run. At the end of the third quarter, Hazen held a 20-7 lead.
The Falcons struggled to put together another scoring threat, while the Highlanders were content to grind clock and exchange possessions. Hazen did add a final score on a four yard touchdown run with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter. The final score from French Field was Hazen 27, Kentlake 7.
The second straight loss dropped Kentlake to 4-2 overall, 0-2 in the NPSL Valley division. Kentlake will travel to take on Auburn Mountainview (1-5) this Thursday. Hazen improved to 4-2 overall, and sits atop the Valley division with a 2-0 division record. Hazen takes on Federal Way on Thursday for what is likely to be the Valley division championship.
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