NEW KENT – Forging ahead to make a good ending at the end of a disappointing season, the Bruton Panthers eked out their third win of the year with a 21-6 effort at New Kent.
After a scoreless first quarter, Bruton began to exploit the power of its running game, finding success with their option offense. Behind the trio of Kajoun Johnson, Elijah Rice and Kapri Doucet, the Panthers opted for 11 straight running plays on their second possession of the game, averaging almost nine yards on each carry.
But a fumble by Doucet quashed that 95 yard drive, while another on their next play negated a good scoring opportunity.
With under two minutes left in the half, the Trojans reached into their bag of tricks and found a successful play. Quarterback Luke Mechling pitched back to Kevin Karaffa. Karaffa dropped back to pass and found wide receiver C.J. Lee wide open down the right sideline. Lee trekked another 30 yards giving New Kent a 64-yard gain. On the next play, Terrence Ward found the end zone from nine yards out, giving the home team a 6-0 edge.
The Trojans almost scored again just before halftime, but Karaffa was dropped on the one after catching a Mechling pass, as the clock ran out.
Bruton (3-7) evened the score early in the third as Kajoun Johnson capped a seven play, 70-yard drive with a plunge from the three. The extra point was blocked and the score remained tied.
Eventually the Panthers found their momentum, putting together two scoring scores in the final quarter, both ending with short touchdown runs by Johnson.
New Kent ends the season winless on the field (0-10) for the first time ever.