After securing its first win of the season a week ago, Kenwood found itself back in the loss column with a 49-6 beat down at the hands of Hillsboro on Friday night.
“We made some mistakes in the first half,” said Kenwood head coach Les Greer. “We turned the ball over in the red zone. Defensively we didn’t play great. We moved the ball down the field in the first half, got down there, fumbled the ball. Our youth showed up in some places tonight, so we’ve got to come back and get better.”
Greer said after three good days of practice, he felt Thursday did not go well. That, on top of some unnamed distractions, led to the Knights’ slow start and eventual demise in week 4.
As a young team, it is easy for Kenwood to have lapses in focus and lack of discipline, but those two can easily stack. When up against a team like Hillsboro, which has spent time in Main Street Preps’ top 25 this season, it makes winning difficult.
The good news for Kenwood is Friday was not a region game, and its goals are all entirely attainable with some basic housekeeping.
“Our first four games are brutal, they really were,” Greer said. “Like I told the kids, nobody cares. Put the ball down and play. Hillsboro didn’t care who we played in the first few games. We’ve just got to play football. Practice Monday and get better. We’ve got to clean up a lot of little mistakes tonight. Things that we’ve seen and gotten better at, but it’s one step here, one step there.”
The Knights’ only touchdown came on a 43-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jaylen Washington to receiver Corbin Howard. The extra point attempt was blocked.
Washington completed 11-of-28 passes for 182 yards and the touchdown and ran for 26 yards. Trelon Gadson had 12 carries for 55 yards along with two catches for 32 yards. Howard made two catches for 64 yards and a touchdown while Zyon Moore led the team with four catches for 29 yards. Defensively, Christopher Williams wrapped up four tackles and TQ McQueen came down with an interception.
Kenwood (1-3) will visit in-region opponent Clarksville Northwest (3-1) on Friday. Hillsboro (2-2) will travel to winless Glencliff in search of its first region win.