CLINTON — Expanding the state high school football playoffs to all public schools — a tradeoff for COVID-related cancellations during the nine-game 2021 regular season — is an experiment that Kent County’s head coach Brian Aikin is embracing.
For the 30 or so players on Kent’s roster, playoff football is a new experience.
“It’s pretty cool,” Aikin said earlier this week after learning that the Trojans (2-7) will travel Saturday afternoon to Surrattsville (5-4) in Prince George’s County for a first-round game in the Class 1A East Region.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.
Aikin said he is pleased to have at least one more game and the opportunity that affords his players.
“It’ll be a different atmosphere, a different demographic,” he said of the Hornets, who play Saturday afternoon football at home because their field does not have lights.
Kent wrapped up its regular season with a 33-0 loss at home Oct. 28 to Class 2A Parkside.
The Rams (4-4) scored on their first two possessions and by halftime had built a 21-0 lead.
“We made too many mental mistakes,” Aikin said.
The Trojans’ best scoring chance came in the second half with first-and-goal inside the 10, but the drive fizzled with an interception in the end zone.
Kent quarterback Ryan Miller was picked off twice; he completed three of eight passes for 30 yards.
Landon Wallace had two catches for 15 yards, before leaving the game in the second half with a possible concussion.
Brandon Cannon had the other catch for 15 yards. He also gained 73 yards on 14 carries.
Semaj Pleasants (six carries) and Taion Johnson (three carries) rushed for 33 and 8 yards, respectively.
Defensively, Collin Futty, Chris Schauber and Cannon each had five tackles.