There was no doubt the Eagles understood what was at stake in Friday night’s home game vs. Hesperia. Kent City sprinted to a 26-0 1st quarter lead on their way to a 54-19 win over Hesperia. The victory gives Kent City a 5-0 record in the CSAA Silver and their second consecutive conference championship. Overall, the Eagles are 7-0 with two non-conference games remaining on the schedule — Kent City has never started the season 7-0 in football.
Kent City opened the game with an 86 yard drive on five plays. A 34 yard John Meek pass to Giovanni Weeks on 3rd and 8 was a key play to keep the drive alive, then two plays later, Weeks found the end zone on a 36 yard run. The Eagle special teams were also on point, pinning the Panthers on their own 21 yard line to start their first offensive drive and then blocking a Hesperia punt on 4th and 11. Kent City would have the ball 1st and 10 at the Hesperia 24 yard line and would only need 3 plays to put the ball in the end zone once again. John Meek found a wide open Jace Dailey for this Eagle score.
The defense struck again on Hespeia’s first play as Jace Dailey ripped the ball from a Panther running back and the Eagles jumped on it at the Hesperia 34 yard line. Evan Jones found the end-zone on a four yard run five plays later to make the score Kent City 20 Hesperia 0 with over four minutes remaining in the 1st quarter. Kent City’s defense forced Hesperia into a three and out on their next possession giving the offense the football at the Kent City 34 yard line. On a 3rd and 13, John Meek connected with Jace Dailey who raced 56 yards for the final Eagle score of the first quarter.
Hesperia rolled the dice on their next possession on 4th and 3, coming up short when Gavin Mead broke up a pass. On the very next play, Giovanni Weeks struck pay dirt again, this time from 30 yards out to make the score Kent City 33 Hesperia 0. The Eagles were not finished. Kent City’s defense again forced the Panthers into a punting situation after just three plays and the offense would start their next drive from the Hesperia 49 yard line. The Eagles used six plays to cover the 49 yards, capped by a 16 yard Giovanni Weeks run. Hesperia would answer with a 75 yard drive for their first points of the game. Kent City was not done though. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the half, Gio Weeks struck again from 56 yards out to make the half time score Kent City 47 Hesperia 6.
Hesperia would score to open the second half to make the score Kent City 47 Hesperia 12. Kent City would answer one more time. On a 3rd and 5 Cody Bowers reversed fields and ran 55 yards for the final Kent City score of the evening. Hesperia would add one more touchdown, but with the running clock the 2nd half flew by. Kent City earned the 54-19 victory and the CSAA Silver Championship.
Kent City makes the trip to Vermontville Maple Valley on Friday, October 13 to take on the Lions. The game will have playoff implications for both schools and will be a chance for the Eagles to tie the school record for wins in a season (8). Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.