Kavs rebound with homecoming game win

Published 5:24 pm Tuesday, October 4, 2016

On a rainy day that caused postponement of many homecoming day activities, the Kenston Forest School varsity football game still went forward, and the Kavaliers made it an event worth watching for alumni and current students and staff on Friday.

Entering the contest on a three-game losing streak, a Kenston Forest team energized by the return of some injured players got back to its winning ways with a 14-6 victory over the Hampton Roads Generals.

The field proved to be quite playable, and the rains held off. Both sides predominantly ran the ball, so the game had fewer possessions and fewer plays than the norm. Each team drove the ball but did not score in the first quarter.

The Kavs broke through in the second on a nifty swing pass to freshman Elijah Warner from senior Tyler Daniel. Warner scorched the Generals’ defense with an electrifying 50-yard dash for the game’s first score. The Generals blocked the extra point.

After an excellent defensive series by Kenston Forest, the Kavaliers offense put another touchdown on the board before the half. Warner again took a flair pass from Daniel and dashed 20 yards to the General 6-yard line. Senior J.E.B. Buchanan blasted over right guard behind the blocking of seniors Tripp Jones and Thomas Hunter for the second Kenston tally on the last play of the half.

With no time on the clock, the Kavaliers ran a fake extra point. Instead of the kick, Warner tossed the ball to junior Jeffrey Steele in the far corner of the end zone for a two-point conversion, making the score 14-0 at halftime.

Hampton Roads made adjustments at the half and decided to give up on the option and passing game that had proved ineffective. Following the second-half kickoff, the Generals used their opening possession to run right at the Kavs, forcefully moving downfield in a time-consuming drive that used up most of the quarter. They finally scored, but Buchanan and Jones stopped the two-point try cold.

The momentum had seemingly shifted to the Generals when the Kavs went four-and-out on the ensuing series.

After a short punt, Hampton Roads took over inside the Kavalier 35-yard line, poised to score again. The Generals managed to get inside the Kenston 10, but on fourth and five, sophomore Sam Hodges knocked down the pass intended for their receiver. This turned out to be a huge play.

Following this, Kenston effectively consumed the clock on two non-scoring drives, while playing solid defense, giving the Generals little time left. Daniel capped the defensive effort with an interception with time running out.

For the game, Buchanan led the Kavs with 96 yards rushing, while Daniel added 67 yards on the ground. Warner had 70 yards receiving and 22 yards in returns. Defensively, Jones and Buchanan led Kenston Forest with 11 tackles apiece.

The Kavaliers are now 3-3 this season heading into a bye week. They return to action Saturday, Oct. 15, when they face NOVA Homeschool at Manassas Baptist Church in Manassas.