To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect in the football game between Kent-Meridian and Kentlake Friday at French Field.
Both teams were 2-1, but enjoyed favorable schedules.
I figured it would be a close game, but Kent-Meridian was in control start to finish, posting a 37-9 victory to open SPSL 4A Northeast Division play.
The Royals have some athletes. I wrote about receiver Emmanuel Daigbe a week earlier, and he came through with another TD reception. But I was also impressed with Mark Dennis and Armani Reese, who had some nice catches (two by Dennis went for scores).
Perhaps most impressive was sophomore QB Ben Woods, who had missed the previous two games with a shoulder injury. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 255 yards and three TDs.
“That kid has a lot of moxie,” coach Brett Allen said. “He’s mature beyond his years.”
Junior running back Shamar Malik Woolery also had a nice game with 19 carries for 132 yards and two TDs.
The Royals play winless Kentridge this week with the chance to start 4-1 for the first time in who knows when? I mean, really – any of you know out there? I’m going to do some checking. The 1997 team won its first five games, then had to forfeit them after a late discovery that a transfer player actually was ineligible.
At any rate, the Royals can’t get caught overlooking Kentridge, but then we’ll see just how good they really are against Tahoma (currently 3-1) and Kentwood (4-0).