Kentwood 49, Kennedy Catholic 27: After giving up an early touchdown, the Conquerors (2-1) settled in and pounded the run to open 4A NPSL Cascade play with a win and hand the Lancers (2-1) their first loss.
Tayvonne Miller became Kentwood’s workhorse as he rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns, including a third quarter 5-yard scamper to put the Conks up for good.
Kentwood quarterback Justin Seiber continued his strong play, finishing was 15-for-28, throwing for 225 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. That pushes his season passing total to 1,030 yards and 14 touchdowns through three games.
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It started as a battle of gunslingers. Kennedy quarterback Sam Huard, the son of former Puyallup/UW/NFL quarterback Damon Huard, completed 18 of 44 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns to push his season total to 949 passing yards through three games.
Huard tried to start a comeback in the third quarter when he completed a screen pass to Trenton Morrison that would go for 50 yards for the score.
However, the Lancers could not answer the Conquerors' running game or defense.
Jabez Tinae was the leading receiver for Kennedy Catholic with eight catches for 153 yards and two scores.
The defending 4A state champion Auburn Riverside traveled off to Las Vegas for the invitation-only Durango Tournament.
Wrapping up the action on Saturday, the Ravens placed 22nd out of 64 schools.
“We wanted to see different competition and work on different things,” said coach Chirs Leverenz. “We’ve never been to a tournament like this, it's a whole different game.”
The Ravens played seven games during the tournament, winning four. In one win, they took down Canyon Crest Academy from San Diego 2-0.
In that match, senior setter Ciera Zimmerman recorded two blocks, 20 assists, six digs and an ace.
“Ciera is our main setter, she is very offensive minded,” Leverenz said. “Calley Heilborn and Kate Petsova also had great weekends as they carry the pressure of our offense. They did really well.”
The trip was beneficial not only looking forward to the rest of the season, but younger players earned experience as well. With little pressure from knowing the competition, the Ravens could play loose and build confidence.
“It was a really good experience, we are going to be better because of it,” Leverenz said.
The Ravens will return to play at 7:15 p.m. on Monday at Tahoma High School.