Kennett football team suffers first loss at Gosnell (Ark.) 24-8
GOSNELL, Ark. - The Kennett Indians varsity football team stayed within one possession until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter but was unable to put together the touchdown drive it needed to tie the Gosnell (Ark.) Pirates Friday night.
Gosnell forced Kennett to fumble the ball away inside its own 20 as it was attempting to rally from a 16-8 deficit with about three minutes left in regulation.
The Pirates scored the only touchdown of the second half a couple minutes later to seal a 24-8 home victory against Kennett.
“I was proud of the kids’ effort,” Kennett football coach Joel Wyatt said. “We said all week, ‘We were not coming over here just to play them close.’ We are not into moral victories but with that being said we still come out of here knowing we have a chance to have a good ball club. The thing I was most proud of is when we came together in the huddle after the game you could tell it hurt because there wasn’t a lot of smiles. You are not supposed to smile when you get beat and I didn’t see any smiles. That shows it matters to our kids.
“But I have to tip my hat to Gosnell,” Wyatt added. “They have a bunch of physical kids. They’ve got two outside linebackers that can play anyone in any class.”
Both teams failed to score on their first offensive possession that lasted most of the first quarter.
Gosnell finally took an 8-0 lead when Jydarian Young rushed the ball 14 yards for a touchdown with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Pirates padded its lead to 16-0 when Jydarian Young struck again for with an 83-yard touchdown run with 6:17 left in the second period.
Kennett, which enjoyed good field position much of the night thanks to long kickoffs and punts by Andrew Spence, got the ball at the Gosnell 25 with about 90 seconds left in the first half.
The Indians recorded its only touchdown about a minute later when Spence threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Carter Maddox. The score cut the deficit to 16-8 entering halftime.
“It’s nice when you have a kicker,” Wyatt said. “He put it in the end zone twice and had some punts with some tremendous rolls. Jake Stewart did a tremendous job with the snaps and Andrew Spence did a good job of pinning them back.”
Kennett got the ball at its own 48 and own 31 in its first two possessions of the second half but had to punt on both drives.
The Indians had a final scoring chance when it got the ball at its own 10 after Gosnell turned the ball over on downs with 3:48 left in regulation.
Spence completed a pass to Maddox that moved the ball up 12 yards to the 22. But the Indians fumbled the ball away shortly after when Spence was being chased by the Gosnell defense in the backfield.
“We got the ball at midfield a couple times and couldn’t capitalize,” Wyatt said of the second half. “I’m a guy that thinks if you give me four downs to get 10 yards I think we are going to get it. But once again we had penalties and took a big sack on one drive. We just shot ourselves in the foot when we had a chance to score.”
Kennett was confronted with attempting to stop a persistent running attack by the Gosnell offense all night.
The Pirates completed only 2 of 5 passes for 21 yards but ran the ball 47 times for 247 yards.
Jydarian Young paced the rushing attack with six carries for 105 yards. Cadarius Young added 11 carries for 57 yards and Devin Burks had 17 carries for 94 yards for Gosnell.
“Coach Webster had a great game plan,” Wyatt said. “Our kids had some great stops but we shot ourselves in the foot with some penalties and turnovers. But we knew they were going to run the ball. Trevon Lemons had a big game for us defensively. But this Gosnell team is going to win a bunch of games.”
Kennett moved the ball 19 times on the ground for 56 yards and completed seven of 16 passes for 40 yards.
Maddox had a team-high three catches for a team-high 45 yards.
Marsayv’aun Harrell had a team-high nine carries for a team-high 36 yards for Kennett.
The Indians turned the ball over four times while Gosnell committed only one turnover.
Kennett (1-1) is back in action Friday when it hosts district foe Ste. Genevieve.
Kennett currently has no significant injuries after two weeks of play.
Ste. Genevieve (2-0) beat Dexter 21-0 in Week 1 and traditional talent Valle Catholic 7-6 in Week 2.
“Ste. Genevieve has always been a tradition-rich school,” Wyatt said. “I haven’t played them since I’ve been here or even when I was at Malden. But they are always a hard-nosed, physical football team. They are a new opponent and a team that is new to study on film. But we already know we are going to be in for a game.”
Gosnell (Ark.) 24, Kennett 8
KHS 0 8 0 0 - 8
GHS 8 8 0 8 - 24
G - Jydarian Young 14 run (two-point conversion good), 0:35
G - Young 83 run (two-point conversion good), 6:17
K - Carter Maddox 19 pass from Andrew Spence (two-point conversion good), 0:10
G - Devin Burks 3 run (two-point conversion good), 1:01
Rushing - Kennett: Marsayv’aun Harrell 9-36, Joquan Williams 1-11, Andrew Spence 7-4, Elijah Lemons 2-5; Gosnell: Amarion Partee 8-16, Cadarius Young 11-57, Devin Burks 17-94, Jydarian Young 6-105, Darion Bester 1-(-2), Waylon Kuykendall 2-0, Brett Barbaree 2-4 .
Passing - Kennett: 7-16-2 = 40; Gosnell: Amarion Partee 2-5-0 = 21.
Receiving - Kennett: Joquan Williams 2-4, Carter Maddox 3-45, Jake Stewart 1-1, Justin Woods 1-3; Gosnell: Dominick McBride 1-5, Brett Barbaree 1-16.