Kentwood holds on for dear life in 18-16 win over Glacier Peak
Covington, Wash. – After a sprinting out to an 18-0 halftime lead, the Kentwood Conquerors managed to fend off a pesky Glacier Peak Grizzlies squad to open the season with an 18-16 victory. The game marked the first opportunity for many Conks to compete against a team other than their own.
How it happened: Except for a quick three and out on their first series, the Conqueror offense had little issue moving the ball up and down the field in the first half. Following a forced punt by the Conks’ defense, the offense took three plays to find the end zone. A 22-yard pass from quarterback Nathan Laborde to wide receiver Kincade McFarlane and a 23-yard run by wide receiver Dyllon Daniels set up a 15-yard scoring pass from Laborde to tight end Trevon Erickson to give the Conks a 6-0 lead following a failed 2-point conversion.
On the following series, the Conqueror defense again flexed its muscle giving the ball back to the offense via a Mason Statler fumble recovery. The Conqueror offense had no issue moving the ball to the Glacier Peak 10-yard line. Punching it in however, was a much more difficult task, as two Conqueror runs, a dropped pass, and an errant throw gave the ball back to the Glacier Peak offense at their own 5-yard line.
After giving themselves some breathing room due to a couple first down conversions, the Glacier Peak offense was stopped on third down, forcing a punt. Fielding the ball at his own 39-yard line, Alphonse Oywak made the first two defenders miss, bounced it outside, and raced 61-yards up the sideline to the end zone giving the Conks a 12-0 following another unsuccessful two-point conversion.
Continuing their first half dominance, the Kentwood defense gave the ball back to their offense following a turnover on downs. Facing a 3rd and 27, Nathan Laborde evaded a rush, stepped up in the pocket and threw 29-yards to a diving McFarlane, who was able to secure the catch and drag his foot in bounds. Three plays later Laborde once again connected with Erickson, this time for a 20-yard touchdown, extending the Conqueror lead to 18-0 after an unsuccessful 2-point conversion.
With under two minutes left the Glacier Peak offense made a last-ditch effort to get some points on the board before the half. The Grizzlies finally found themselves in the red zone, using a couple of big passing plays. The Conquerors were able to preserve their first half shutout because of a Jack Loso interception with 35 seconds remaining in the half.
It was a tale of two halves, as the Grizzlies of Glacier Peak roared back to life with a quick scoring drive cutting the Conks’ lead to 18-6 following an unsuccessful 2-point conversion. After an unsuccessful fourth down conversion by the offense, the Conqueror D was back on the field in their own territory. On third down with 5 yards to go, defensive end Frederick Rodgers III made a huge sack to force a Grizzly punt. A misread by the Kentwood punt returner saw Glacier Peak down the ball at the 1-yard line, where one play later the Grizzly defense blew up a KW run play for a safety, cutting the lead to 18-8.
Both the Conquerors and Grizzlies forced punts on defense on consecutive drives, until Glacier Peak drove the field and with 2:01 remaining found the end zone, cutting the lead to 18-16. The Grizzlies went for two, but the Kentwood defense stepped up and preserved the Conqueror lead. An onside kick by Glacier Peak went out of bounds and the Conks opted to run the ball and force the Grizzlies to burn all their timeouts. On fourth down, with about a minute remaining, the Conks punted. Trevon Erickson flew down the field and leveled the Glacier Peak returner causing a fumble, to which a Kentwood player recovered. However instead of just falling on the ball and preserving the victory, the Conqueror picked it up and ran towards the end zone. This gave Glacier Peak new life because a Grizzlies player stripped the Conk and Glacier Peak recovered with 50 seconds to go. The Conqueror defense, once again held strong as Jack Loso had back to back pass break ups and Ryan Stansell tackled a Grizzlies defender on a hook and ladder play to preserve a 18-16 Kentwood victory.
- TE/LB Trevon Erickson – 2 TD Rec, 2 Sacks, 1 TFL
- DE Frederick Rodgers III 3 Sacks, 2 TFL
- QB Nathan Laborde – 2 TD Pass
- S Jack Loso – 1 INT, 3 PBU
- CB Travis Sells – 1 PBU, 1 TFL
- LB Mason Statler – FR
Up Next: The Conquerors are on the road next Monday as they face the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors (6 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway HS)