Dunham too strong for Kentwood, 31-13

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BATON ROUGE – The Dunham Tigers used a late first half surge Friday night to fuel to a 31-13 victory over Kentwood.

However, it took a well-executed misdirection play with 3:24 left in fourth quarter to ice the game for the Tigers. Quarterback Stephen Still faked a pass and then handed the ball off to Kalante Wilson who scored his third touchdown of the night on a 27-yard run.

“Just watching film, (Kentwood) had such speed on the edge,” Dunham coach Neil Weiner said. “We knew in those long-distance situations, they were going to widen out and come after us. The kids practiced it all week and executed it to perfection. We installed it this week for that exact situation.”

The offenses for both teams were completely stagnant throughout the first half before a 17-yard pass from Still to Joshua Hardy set up two-yard touchdown by Wilson with just over two minutes to play before the half.

Defense then doubled the Dunham lead. Patrick Day made a break on a Kangaroos quarterback Otis Elzy pass for an interception and raced 47 yards to paydirt in the final minute of the opening half to give the Tigers a 12-0 advantage.

“He’s so fast, as soon as he caught it, I knew nobody was going to catch him on the field,” Weiner said regarding Day’s big play. “That’s a credit to our defensive coaches, too, because we practiced that exact play over and over again.”

Dunham picked up where they left off by marching down field to open the second half. Still’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Hardy seemed to have the Tigers in full command.

Kentwood fought back with a pair of scores covering eight and four yards from Elzy, who finished with 69 yards rushing and 97 yards passing.

“I’m proud of team. We’re going to get better,” Kentwood coach Jonathan Foster said. “Coach Weiner does such a great job with there program. I hope we can play them every year.”

Dunham (4-1) will next play Northeast while Kentwood (2-3) is slated to face Independence.

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