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October 31, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Conks keep finding a way

They aren’t very flashy. They sometimes win ugly. But, one way or another, the Kentwood Conquerors just keep finding ways to win.

They logged their sixth consecutive victory tonight, 24-13 over Kentlake, in a game with serious stakes: a Class 4A playoff berth.

Both teams had the same incentive: Win and you’re in.

It wasn’t looking good when the Conks trailed 7-6 midway through the third quarter and Kentlake driving for another score. But this is a team accustomed to adversity. A team that started the season 0-2 in the South Puget Sound League North Division. As coach Rex Norris put it, in essence this was Kentwood’s sixth straight loser-out game.

And, again, these Covington kids found a way to win. They stopped that Kentlake drive, which ended with no points, thanks to a muffed snap on a field-goal try. Three plays later sophomore Joseph Banks was on his way for an 85-yard TD jaunt that turned the game around. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of No. 30 the next couple of years (yes, that same No. 30 that record-setting Demetrius Bronson the past three years, and that might not be a coincidence).

But it was senior Darrius Coleman who owned this night, racking up 192 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns, giving him 1,188 yards on the season.

So now Kentwood (7-2) takes on Edmonds-Woodway (7-2) in the preliminary round of the playoffs next Friday. Can the Conquerors make it seven in a row? Or do they lose in the qualifying round for the third straight year?

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