In a match-up that featured two wing-t offenses, physical play was at a premium on Friday night. When the dust had settled though it was Orchard View who prevailed in the trenches, scoring their second win of the season 28-6. The Cardinals kept mistakes to a minimum, never turning the ball over or punting the entire game. Kent City on the other hand, committed one turnover and was forced to punt five times. The long drives by the Cardinals kept the Kent City offense on the sideline and forced the Eagle defense to work overtime against a big and physical Cardinal offense.
After a three and out by the Eagles on the game’s first possession, Orchard View took the ball on their own 21 yard line and methodically marched down the field, advancing into Kent City territory. Following a 4th down conversion at the 11 yard line, Orchard View’s running back scampered 10 yards for the first score of the game. On the two point conversion try, seniors Max Hudson and Jake Anderson were there to deny the Cardinal running back, Orchard View 6 Kent City 0.
Kent City’s next offensive possession ended the same as the first, with three plays and a punt, only this time Orchard View would start in Kent City territory. Orchard View moved the ball all the way to the Eagle 19 when on 2nd and 4 freshman Kylar Larson intercepted a Cardinal pass. The officials had different ideas, an illegal motion (dead ball penalty) was called prior to the snap, but the official failed to call the play dead. So instead of 1st and 10 Kent City, Orchard View maintained the football. The illegal motion penalty was marked off and Kent City still capitalized. Max Hudson hit the Orchard View ball carrier in the backfield on the next play and Lane Dailey made a fourth down tackle short of the yard to gain to give Kent City’s offense the ball at their own 16 yard line.
Kent City’s offense picked up a first down, but then had to send their punt team onto the field again. Orchard View looked to be starting another scoring drive, advancing into Kent City territory, until another Max Hudson tackle for loss on fourth down gave the Kent City offense the ball at their own 33 yard line. However, Orchard View would intercept a pass on the very first play of this possession and return it 44 yards for a Cardinal touchdown. Orchard View added the 2-point conversion to give them a 14-0 lead mid-way through the 2nd period.
The Eagles picked up another 1st down on their next possession, but the drive would stall again and Spencer Hartley came in to punt for the fourth time. Hartley mishandled the snap on the punt, but somehow found a way to get the punt off driving Orchard View back to their own 36 yard line. The Cardinals would consume the remainder of the 2nd quarter with a 12 play 64 yard drive that included a 12 yard touchdown run on 4th down and goal after Max Hudson’s third tackle for loss on third down. Orchard View would add the two point conversion and held a commanding 22-0 lead at the half.
In the 2nd half, Orchard View started the half with a 16 play 74 yard drive that was capped by a 6 yard run by the Cardinal running back to make the score Orchard View 28 Kent City 0. Orchard View put together one more long drive consuming much of the 4th quarter following Kent City’s 5th punt of the night only to be stopped at the Kent City 1 yard line by James Farrington and Dawson VanSyckle. Kent City would advance into Orchard View territory for the first time in the game and score their only touchdown in the final seconds on a Mason Westbrook one yard run. The two point conversion would fail, making the final score Orchard View 28 Kent City 6.
Kent City now has a week off due to White Cloud’s failure to field a varsity team in 2019. The Eagles will receive a forfeit win from the Indians, improving their record to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the CSAA Silver. On Friday, September 20, Kent City will be back in action again as Lakeview travels to Ward Memorial Field on Military Appreciation Night. As always, we will be raising money for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans via our t-shirt sale. We will have several festivities happening at the game to honor our current military personnel and veterans. All military personnel and veterans will be admitted free into the game. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
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Cover Photo by Kayla Renie