Turnovers lead to Kenston Forest’s homecoming loss on the gridiron

Published 1:49 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kenston Forest School’s (KFS) varsity football team hosted Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (BSH) Catholic School on Friday for its homecoming game, and the young, inexperienced and outmanned Kavaliers played an energetic first half, but were overcome by turnovers in the second part of the game, falling 54-14.

“We were winning most of (the) first half but had three straight fumbles in (the) third quarter that they scored on, and that was it,” Kenston Forest Head Coach Tom Inge said.

The Kavs began the contest by taking the opening drive 73 yards for a score. Junior Ja’Von Carter burst into the end zone from five yards out. Junior Zach Dunnavant kicked the extra point.

Sophomore Jah’Tavious Houston had the big play of the drive with a 30-yard run around right end.

BSH responded by marching down the field after the ensuing kickoff to tie the score at 7-7.

These two drives took up most of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, BSH took the lead for the first time with an interception returned for a score.

Kenston went back in front when Houston took a short pass from freshman Moe Morrison and sprinted 46 yards for the second Kavalier touchdown. Dunnavant converted the extra point and KFS regained the lead at 14-13.

The final drive of the half ended when the Knights scored on a quarterback sneak from the 1/2-yard line as time ran out. The two-point conversion made the score 21-14.

After halftime, things fell apart for the Kavs.

Their first three offensive series resulted in fumbles that gave the Knights excellent field position inside the Kenston Forest 30-yard line. All of these possessions led to BSH scores.

The Knights ran up 27 unanswered points in the third quarter. The final BSH tally resulted from another Kavs turnover; an intercepted pass was returned for a touchdown.

For the game, Houston led the Kavs with 177 yards gained from rushing, receiving and returning. Carter gained 58 yards and scored.

Defensively, seniors Jeffrey Steele and Robert Motley gave their all, both totaling seven tackles.

The Kavs (0-4) return to action Friday when they host Grace Christian School at 7 p.m.