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Trojans close door on Panthers' winless season

November 11, 2006|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - The Hancock football team fell 12-2 to the Kent County Trojans on Friday night to finish 0-10 for the season for the first time in 10 years.

"They didn't win, but the kids played hard for the whole game," Hancock coach John Blake said. "Our kids just continued to play their hearts out all year. Despite not winning, we never quit. Best of luck to the seniors in all of their future endeavors."

Kent County improved to 2-8.

"I'm glad that we were able to get a win under our belt," Trojans coach Corey Tosten said. "We got a win with a forfeit and now we got a legitimate win. The guys' momentum and heart were the key to our win tonight. The boys executed and played well tonight. I just wish that it could have come a little bit sooner. Our backs are good players and they earned all of the yards that they got tonight."

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Kent County's forfeit win earlier in the season came after it was discovered that Colonel Richardson had used ineligible players.

Kent County got on the scoreboard first Friday with 3:11 remaining in the first quarter when Terry Thomas charged through the middle for a 5-yard touchdown run.

The Trojans extended their lead to 12-0 just 27 seconds into the second quarter when quarterback Lamont Wesley broke loose and dashed for an 86-yard touchdown run along the left side.

"They had one big play, the 86-yard run by Lamont Wesley," Blake said.

Hancock threatened to score during the middle of the fourth quarter. But the Panthers fell short when defensive back Tanner Mulford intercepted a pass at the Kent County 2-yard line with 5:22 left.

Two plays later, Panthers linebacker Kyle Ward sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety to reduce the deficit to 12-2.

But Hancock could not get any closer.

Linebacker Kaleb Trail made several clutch tackles for Hancock. Offensively, he rushed for a game-high 70 rushing yards.

"Kaleb Trail played a great game on defense," Blake said. "He made quite a bit of tackles. Jon Clark and B.J. Weller connected for a lot of passes tonight. I think that was the best that we passed all year."

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