CAMBRIDGE — “Absolutely self-imploded,” coach Dave Boyle said of the Trojans’ performance last Friday night at Cambridge. They gave away 35 points, Boyle said, in a 54-19 blowout that he characterized as “possibly the ugliest game ever.”
Cambridge (6-1) won for the sixth game in a row and now sits atop the 1A East Region.
The Vikings pitched a 27-0 shutout in the first half, thanks to three touchdown passes from John Henry.
On the other side of the ball, they held their guests to only 19 yards on the ground and sacked quarterback Thomas Goldsborough twice before halftime.
Kent (3-4) dented the scoreboard about 90 seconds into the second half when Goldsborough found Taylor Lyons with a 37-yard scoring strike on fourth-and-9.
But Cambridge answered on its next three possessions to extend the spread to 42-6 and start the running clock with 9:01 to play in the third quarter.
Goldsborough scored on an 8-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to stop the running clock. Temporarily.
Then, Tylante Wilson scored for the Trojans to shrink the deficit to 42-19.
Cambridge hiked the lead to 54-19 with a minute to go.
Boyle said he was proud of how the Trojans “didn’t quit,” but acknowledged that they were partially responsible for the lopsided score.
“We were as sloppy as could be,” he wrote in a text message.
“We gave them 35 points ... blocked punt put the ball on our 1; pick 6; fumble on our own 10; they snapped a punt over their head on 4th and 15 and their punter ran 50 yards to our 10 yard line,” he texted.
Boyle said he thought it was a winnable game. “However, we needed to play great, and we played the opposite of that.”
If there was a bright side, it was that Kent had only one personal foul and three total penalties compared to 13 flags and an ejection for Cambridge.
Kent, currently tied for fifth in the 1A East, will look to improve its playoff chances when Washington (1-5) comes to town Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. As an added incentive, it is Kent’s homecoming.