WORTON — Dave Boyle was hoping the Trojans would show up Friday night. It was homecoming after all, and he didn’t want a repeat of the previous week’s 35-point loss at Cambridge.
To the delight of Boyle and the Kent County faithful, the Trojans did more than show up. They rocked the house, scoring on their first three possessions en route to a 41-0 beatdown of Washington.
Kent County improved to 4-4, locked into a battle with Perryville (4-4) and Joppatowne (3-5) for the fourth seed in the eight-team Class 1A East Region tournament.
The regular season ends tomorrow.
The Trojans piled up nearly 450 yards of offense, almost all of that on the ground. The 21 points they scored in the opening 15 minutes gave them plenty of cushion.
“I was definitely happy with the first quarter and the second half, but we got a little sloppy in the second quarter,” Boyle said.
Penalties were costly in the second quarter, when a Will Ashmore 4-yard touchdown was called back due to an illegal block.
Ashmore did his part, though, rushing for 140 yards on 12 carries. His longest run was 24 yards, on the Trojans’ first drive that ended with a Kolby Walters touchdown.
Walters (88 yards, 12 carries) and Tylante Wilson (104 yards, nine carries) each scored two touchdowns, and Chris Johnson and Peyton Taylor also found the end zone.
Johnson’s only touch of the night was a 70-yard TD run that finished out the scoring.
Quarterback Thomas Goldsborough completed two of six passes — both to Jose Olavarria — for 18 yards.
On the other side of the ball, Walters and Collin Futty led the team with six and four tackles, respectively. Walters recovered a fumble; Wilson and Kevin Mallory came up with interceptions.
The Trojans won the toss and elected to receive on a perfect night for football — clear skies and no wind. Starting from their own 44-yard line, they marched 56 yards on five plays into the end zone.
Ashmore and Walters had first-down carries on the initial possession. Then, Walters dragged a host of Washington players to the 3 for first-and-goal, and bulldozed his way up the middle on the next snap for a touchdown with 3 minutes, 31 seconds elapsed.
The PAT kick was low, but the 6-0 lead was all the Trojans would need on this night.
After a short Washington punt on its first possession, Kent started the next drive on its 39. On the first snap, Wilson outran everyone 61 yards into the end zone. Walters followed the block of his right tackle for the 2-point conversion and the spread was 14-0 with just under three minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Walters’ quarterback sack forced Washington to punt deep in its half of the field, setting up a 60-yard Kent County scoring drive.
The Trojans ran for a first down on their first play of the second quarter. On the next snap, Ashmore carried the ball to the Jaguars’ 15. Wilson finished the drive with his second touchdown of the night, and Zach Argo’s kick split the uprights for a 21-0 lead with 8:50 remaining before intermission.
A chop block penalty on the Trojans’ next possession cost them a touchdown as they subsequently turned the ball over on downs inside the red zone.
On the ensuing possession, Washington seemed poised to end the shutout when running back Darrius Dennis broke through the line with no one in front of him. Kent’s Gary Emory ran down Dennis at the 2 with only 16 seconds remaining in the half, and Washington was not able to finish before time expired.
Following a long intermission, which included the crowning of Kent County’s homecoming king and queen and a performance by the Brigade of Blue marching band, the Trojans tacked on another touchdown with 2:59 remaining in the the third quarter. Their advantage was 27-0 after the two-point conversion pass failed.
Kent closes out the regular season Friday night at home against Class 2A Parkside (7-1), which is looking to pin down a home game in the first round of its region tournament. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.