FEDERALSBURG — Being the underdog is a role that had served Kent County football well in its 2-2 start.
Despite being young and undersized, Kent swept the home-and-away series with Snow Hill and piled up 35 points in a season-opening loss to Colonel Richardson.
That’s why the Trojans had high expectations for Thursday’s rematch at Colonel Richardson. They went into that game with experience and confidence, bolstered by a 47-20 victory the week before.
But from the moment they stepped off the bus April 1, they were flat, head coach Brian Aikin said of the 48-6 loss.
Kent dressed only 16 — some players were sidelined due to injury and others were on a spring break vacation — but Aikin did not use that as an excuse.
Colonel Richardson played the same offense and the same defense as in the March 5 kickoff to the season, but “I didn’t have our guys ready,” Aikin said in a phone interview.
Colonel Richardson led 32-0 at halftime.
Once the margin reached 35 points, there was a running clock.
Kent ended the shutout in the fourth quarter on quarterback Thomas Goldsborough’s 3-yard touchdown run. There was a bad snap on the point-after kick attempt, which sent Goldsborough scrambling for a two-point conversion. He tried, unsuccessfully, to connect with Gary Emory in the back of the end zone.
It was a dreary night, literally — cold, windy and drizzly.
The Trojans amassed less than 150 yards of total offense. Goldsborough accounted for most of that, completing 10 of 23 passes for 105 yards and rushing for a team-best 18 yards.
While the loss was disappointing, there were some noteworthy individual performances. Freshman La'Shaun Moody caught four passes for 44 yards and sophomore Matt Wade had six catches for 61 yards.
Senior Dylan Conner led the team with nine tackles. A football novice, Conner has been willing — and eager — to do whatever he can to hep the team. He was playing safety in this game.
In the March 26 win at home against Snow Hill, Conner stepped in for an injured player and before the game was over he caught a touchdown pass as a backup slot receiver.
Conner and Kent’s other seniors will be honored Friday night, April 9 against Cambridge. This is the Trojans’ final home game of a COVID-shortened season.
They will finish April 16 at Parkside.