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The Kingston Yellow Jackets swarmed the McMinn Central Chargers early and often on their way to a 42-6 triumph for homecoming.
“I thought we looked a bit sloppy in the first half,” said Kingston head coach Vic King. “We poured the coals over the boys at halftime and they came out better in the second half, but we still have no killer instinct and we have to learn to finish people off. I got to give credit to McMinn Central, as they fought us hard the whole way.”
Kingston drew first blood on a two-play, 66-yard drive, capped off with a two-yard touchdown plunge straight up the gut by Coty Groves.
Andrew Spellman drilled the PAT making the score 7-0 with 8:50 to go in the first quarter.
The next Jackets score came with 1:16 left in the opening quarter when Aaron Fielden darted his way into the end zone from 15 yards out to wrap up a three-play, 35-yard scoring drive.
Spellman's PAT was good, making the score 14-0.
The next scoring drive was an 11-play, 67-yard drive, concluded with a five-yard run by Coty Groves.
Spellman's PAT was good to make the score 21-0 with 47.9 seconds left in the half.
Kingston got their next all-expensed paid trip to the end zone in third quarter on a four-play, 65-yard touchdown run, wrapped up with another Groves touchdown jaunt, this time going long-distance for a 53-yard score.
Spellman's PAT split the uprights again to make the score 28-0 with 7:42 left in the third quarter.
It didn't take long for the Jackets to make an encore trip to the end zone on a two-play, 36-yard drive, with the scoring play coming on a Preston King to Jordan Jones 23-yard touchdown pass.
Spellman's PAT was good and with 6:23 left in the third quarter, the mercy rule was in effect.
But Kingston wasn't quite finished yet. With 34 seconds left in the third quarter, Brian Smith scored for the Jackets to wrap up a three-play, 12-yard drive. Following Spellman's PAT, the score was 42-0.
The Chargers had a six-play, 66-yard drive in the fourth quarter to get their lone touchdown on a 43-yard Charles Turner touchdown.
The PAT was blocked, making the final score 42-6. Kingston had a 114-6 edge in passing and a 195-106 advantage in the rushing department to have a 309-112 advantage in total yardage in favor of the Jackets.
Kingston was led in passing by Zach Brummett (4-5, 91 yards) and Preston King (1-1, 23 yards, 1 TD) and in rushing by Coty Groves (10-112-3 TDs). Robbie Szozda (2-68) was the leading receiver for the Jackets with Caleb Kennedy (6 tackles), Groves (5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TFL, 1 sack), and Szozda (1 INT) leading the defense for the Jackets.
Up next for Kingston is a tough match-up at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) on Friday.
“We had too many penalties tonight, but we were more focused than we were last week and we need to get more focused for CAK. They're gonna have two weeks to get ready for us so we need to get ready for them,” said Coach King.