Our Falcons traveled to Auburn to face the Trojans last Friday evening. Kentlake brought in a 3-0 record, while Auburn was at 1-2 to start the season.
Auburn received the opening kickoff but was held to a three and out and forced to punt. Junior CB/KR Jalen Taylor returned the punt into Auburn territory, setting Kentlake up with a short field at the Trojans 36 yard line. Senior quarterback Hudson Potts connected twice with sophomore WR Blake Peterson for first downs, setting up a two yard touchdown run by senior RB Dashaun Leon. The Trojans responded on their next drive, marching 61 yards in 8 plays, capped by a 3 yard touchdown pass. Junior DE X-Zavier Thomas blocked the PAT attempt. Kentlake drove 80 yards on their ensuing possession, highlighted by a 29 yard double pass from Potts to Leon to Peterson. Potts ran for a five yard TD, and PK Tyler Hopp added the PAT. Auburn put together another good drive to end the quarter, pushing inside the Kentlake 10 yard line before attempting a 25 yard field goal, which was blocked by Kentlake sophomore DE Sean Hicks. The score at the end of the first quarter, Kentlake 14, Auburn 6.
Kentlake opened the second quarter with a long drive starting at their own yard line, driving into Auburn territory to the 36 yard line before the Trojans intercepted a tipped Falcons pass. Kentlake held the Trojans to another three and out, and started their next drive at their own five yard line. The Falcons proceeded to grind out a long 95 yard drive with a steady dose of Dashaun Leon runs. Potts scored on 2 yard wedge play to cap the drive. With only 1:12 left in the half, Auburn made a big play with a halfback pass of their own, 40 yards to the Kentlake 21 yard line. With time running out, Auburn’s 30 yard field goal attempt was again blocked by X-Zavier Thomas, his second blocked kick of the half and Kentlake’s third of the night. The score at halftime was Kentlake 21, Auburn 6.
Kentlake received the second half kickoff and promptly drove 71 yard yards finished by a 13 yard TD run by Leon. Auburn took their first possession of the second half into the Kentlake red zone, but the Falcons defense held on fourth down. Two plays later, Potts broke a tackle and raced 69 yards to the Trojans two yard line, then punched it in himself on the next play. Hopp’s PAT made the score 35-6, Falcons. Kentlake forced another three and out on the next possession, and proceeded to drive 52 yards topped by an 18 yard touchdown run by junior RB Ivan Hall. With 3:11 remaining in the third quarter, Kentlake’s lead was 42-6. Junior S Owen Foster picked off an Auburn pass on the next possession, and junior QB Skyler McDaniel took over on offense for Kentlake.
Kentlake’s first drive of the fourth quarter stalled, and their first punt attempt was blocked by Auburn. The Trojans took advantage of the short field and scored on a 1 yard TD plunge. Auburn’s two point conversion attempt failed. Strong-armed freshman QB Payton Accetturo entered the game for Kentlake, and led the Falcons on an 11 play, 53 yard drive that included a 17 yard pass to senior RB Nathaniel Madrid on fourth down, and a five yard touchdown pass to junior WR Ethan Whitehouse that was called back by a penalty. Kentlake attempted a 25 yard field goal that was no good. Auburn showed no quit, driving 80 yards for a touchdown and two point conversion on their final possession, but Kentlake was able to run out the clock to make the final score Kentlake 42, Auburn 20.
Hudson Potts passed for 102 yards on 8 of 16 passing attempts, and added 145 rushing yards on ten carries. Dashaun Leon rushed for 189 yards on 23 carries, and average of 8.2 yards per carry. Blake Peterson led the team in receiving with 57 yards on 3 receptions. Kentlake improves to 4-0 overall, and 1-0 in the NPSL Valley Division. The Falcons will host the Eagles of Federal Way (2-2, 0-1) at French Field on Saturday night. Kentlake’s 4-0 start matches their 2016 season 4-0 start. In 2011, Kentlake started 11-0 before losing in the state semifinals. Auburn drops to 1-3 overall and will face Hazen (2-2) on Friday.
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Kent Reporter: Kentlake subdues Auburn in division opener.