EXMORE, Va. — Kent County kicked off its football season Saturday with a 55-16 victory at Broadwater Academy, a private school on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
A good chunk of the second quarter and the entire second half was played with a running clock once the Trojans built a 48-16 lead.
Kent coach Dave Boyle sent out his starters for the first drive of the third quarter, and then substituted liberally.
“For a season opener, I thought we did well,” Boyle said.
The Trojans returned to the Wing T offense that had been their signature in the 1980s and ‘90s, and had lots of success with junior quarterback Thomas Goldsborough directing the show.
Defensively, inside linebackers Kolby Walters and Peyton Taylor “held down the fort,” said Boyle.
Brandon Crouch had two sacks and Kevin Mallory had an interception.
Also noteworthy: freshman Brandon Cannon made two tackles on kickoffs.
Boyle was complimentary of Broadwater, which won its opener at Quantico, 34-0, the week before.
He said the Vikings (1-1) were well-coached, worked hard and executed, but “just don’t have numbers. They just wore out.”
According to the MaxPreps website, Broadwater’s roster of 25 players includes several eighth-graders and six freshmen.
Both Broadwater touchdowns came on long passes. Other than that, the home team did not move the ball very well and there were no sustained drives.
By comparison, the Trojans attacked the end zone on the ground and through the air.
Tylante Wilson (6 carries, 121 yards) and Chris Johnson (3 carries, 23 yards) each scored two rushing touchdowns. Walters (one touchdown) and Will Ashmore rushed for 78 and 76 yards, respectively.
Goldsborough, whom Boyle described as “super-focused,” completed all four passes he attempted for 144 yards and two touchdowns — one each to Taylor and Wilson.
Taylor caught three passes for 74 yards.
Wilson’s lone reception was for 70 yards, what was drawn up as a 5-yard out route.
Freshman Marcus Boyle replaced Goldsborough for the Trojans’ last two series. He attempted one pass, an 8-yard completion on third-and-12.
Saturday’s game also marked the debut of senior place-kicker Ryan Argo, who is a starter on Kent’s soccer team. He was 7-of-8 in PATs.