Kentwood cruises to 42-7 victory over Mount Rainier
Kent, Wash. – Kentwood’s defense held the visiting Rams of Mount Rainier High School to 157 total yards of offense in a 42-7 win, Friday evening at French Field. The win pushes the Conks record to 4-2 (3-1 NPSL).
How it happened: The Conqueror defense set the tone early forcing a punt after a quick three and out by the Mt. Rainier offense. After a 19-yard Stephen Watson punt return set the offense up at the Mount Rainier 27-yard line, the Conks took 3 plays to get on the board as senior quarterback Justin Seiber found Watson for a 5-yard touchdown, giving KW, a 6-0 lead following a blocked extra point.
On their next drive, the Mount Rainier offense sustained a 15-play drive before turning the ball over on downs. With the drive beginning on their own 29-yard line, the Conqueror offense went on a 12 play, 71-yard drive, capped off by a 1-yard rushing touchdown by senior running back Dyson Johnson, doubling the Conks lead to 12-0 after an unsuccessful two-point conversion.
After Kentwood’s defense forced another Mount Rainier punt following a three and out, the Conks’ offense was back on the field, this time starting in Ram territory at the 45-yard line. Six plays later the drive stalled, and the Conks were forced to settle for a 20-yard Manav Gill field goal to extend the lead to 15-0 Kentwood.
On the ensuing MR drive, the Conqueror defense held strong on first down, with senior Linebacker Lionelletui Mulitauaopele standing the Mount Rainier running back up in the backfield while a swarm of Kentwood defenders tackled him for a 2-yard loss. An incompletion, and 4-yard gain later the Rams were once again forced to punt.
A thirty-yard punt return by junior JaMezz Johnson once again set the offense up with great field position. Beginning at the MR 37-yard line, the KW offense went 6 plays before Seiber connected with Watson in the flat for a 7-yard touchdown pass giving the Conks a 21-0 halftime lead after another blocked extra point.
The Conquerors fumbled the opening kick of the second half, giving the Rams the ball at the Kentwood 41-yard line. After giving up a gain of 4-yards on first down, sophomore linebacker Kemeron “KJ” Cooper and senior linebacker “Tui” Mulitauaopele blew up a sweep play in the backfield for a loss of 7-yards. On third down, the Conqueror defense forced an incompletion, leading to another Mount Rainier punt.
Beginning on their own 25-yard line, the Conk offense went on a scoring drive of 75-yards in 11 plays, capped off by a 24-yard touchdown pass from Seiber to senior wide receiver Jake Moore. The lead was extended to 28-0 after a successful Manav Gill extra point.
On the following kick off, junior kicker/defensive back Nik Diaz successfully recovered his own onside kick, which made the Conqueror sideline go crazy. With another short field, this time beginning on the MR 46-yard line, the Kentwood offense looked to score. Unfortunately, 8 plays later, they turned it over on downs and put the defense back on the field.
A Mount Rainier punt following a quick three and out gave the Conks the ball with great field position yet again. This time the offense capitalized on their field position by getting in the end zone via a 14-yard Seiber to Moore touchdown connection, extending the lead to 35-0 after a successful extra point.
Late in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach and the 3rd stringers on D, the Rams offense got on the board with a 9-yard touchdown run, cutting the KW lead to 35-7. Not to be outdone, sophomore running back Akil Brown took his first varsity carry 57-yards to the house to finish the scoring at 42-7 Conquerors.
Notable Statistics: Offense –
- QB Justin Seiber 22-31 245 yds 4TD
- RB Dyson Johnson 21 car 82 yds TD
- WR Jake Moore 6 rec 86 yds 2TD
- WR Stephen Watson 6 rec 63 yds 2TD
- RB Akil Brown 1 car 57yds TD
- LB Lionelletui “Tui” Mulitauaopele 4.5 Tackles 1.5 TFL
- LB Kincade McFarlane 6 Tackles 0.5 TFL 1PBU
Special Teams –
- K Nik Diaz Onside kick recovery
Up Next: The Conquerors are back at French this Friday for Homecoming as they take on the Royals of Kent-Meridian High School (7 p.m. French Field)