Kentlake opened the second quarter after receiving the free kick, driving 55 yards capped by a 7 yard TD run by Marques Fualaau on a tricky “Statue of Liberty” handoff. Kentlake scored on their next drive, 60 yards finished by a 5 yard TD pass from Brandon Mortenson to Carson Lucas. Following a Royals punt, Kentlake scored again on a double pass, Mortenson to Fualaau to a wide open Michael Alar. The PAT by Tyler Hopp put the Falcons up 23-0 with 4:00 minutes left in the half. Kent-Meridian responded with a big play of their own, a 63 yard TD pass, which made the score 23-7 at halftime.
Kentlake received the second half kickoff, but Kent-Meridian struck first with a 30 yard fumble return for a TD. The Falcons scored next, following a nice 35 yard catch and run from Mortenson to Jaryn Mackey. Tony Heimann II punched in the TD from six yards out. The Royals missed a 28 yard field goal, but scored on their next possession on a 14 yard TD pass. After three quarters, the score was Kentlake 30, K-M 21.
The Royals had a chance to score early in the fourth quarter but sophomore free safety Mason Homolka intercepted in the end zone and returned to the Kentlake 20 yard line. Brandon Mortenson popped a big run, 30 yards on a keeper to inside the Royals 5 yard line. Alex Lopez punched it into the end zone to give the Falcons a two score lead.
With time becoming a factor, Kent-Meridian again drove into Kentlake territory, but Mason Homolka snagged another interception to seal the win for the Falcons. Final score from French Field was Kentlake 34, Kent-Meridian 21.
With the win, Kentlake improves to 2-0 in conference play, 3-1 overall. Next up for the Falcons is a big game with Kennedy Catholic (1-1, 3-1) at 7:00 pm Friday at French Field.