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All good things must come to an end, as the Kingston Yellow Jackets took one on the chin against the Scott High Highlanders, dropping a 14-12 decision in Huntsville Friday night.
This was the first loss to Scott High for Kingston since 2003.
“We made too many mental mistakes tonight,” Kingston head coach Brian Pankey said after the game. “We had our chances to win and we threw that interception at the end, but this happens with a young team.”
Both teams traded punts before Scott struck first on a five-play, 52-yard drive wrapped up on a 21-yard touchdown by Justin King.
The PAT was good to make the score 7-0 in favor of Scott High with 4:06 left in the first quarter.
After the Highlanders picked off an errant Kingston pass, Scott took two plays to cover 43 yards with Jake Phillips finding Mark Karivah from 26 yards out for the score.
The PAT was good making the score 14-0 with 1:29 to go in the opening quarter.
After another Kingston interception both teams traded punts three straight possessions for each team.
The Jackets, like The Doors, broke on through to the other side with a five-play, 57-yard drive when Logan Malenovsky found Maurice Lane for a 36-yard touchdown strike.
The two point play fell short, making the score 14-6 with 30.1 seconds left in the half.
After the Highlanders efforts to score were thwarted by a Malenovsky interception, the Jackets ran out the first half clock to trail 14-6.
The Jackets punted away their opening second half possession while Scott High missed a 29-yard field goal.
Kingston got to the Highlanders red zone on their second possession of the second half, but were turned away on fourth down.
After a Highlander three-and-out, Kingston promptly scored on a three-play, 52-yard drive, 49 of those yards coming on Rhett Jones' touchdown reception.
Again the two-point try was short making the score 14-12 with 11:46 left in the game.
After Scott High got deep in Jacket territory it was Rhett Jones pouncing on a loose pigskin for the Jackets to renew hope for Kingston.
The Jackets marched to the Scott 8 yard line before the Highlanders picked off a Kingston pass in the end zone and ran out the clock to secure the victory.
Kingston had the slight 138-130 edge through the air but lost on the ground 172-167, giving the Jackets had a slim 305-302 edge in total offense, but three turnovers spelled doom for the Jackets.
Kingston (0-2) will try to pick up their first win of the season Friday night at Rockwood (2-1).
“We have to come back to practice Monday, work hard, and get ready for a big, in-county rivalry game against the Rockwood Tigers next week,” Pankey said. “They're always a good, well-coached team and we have to come out ready for them because they'll be ready for us.”