Kenner Discovery celebrates first varsity game with shutout win over Fisher
KENNER – Playing in the school’s inaugural varsity football contest at Muss Bertolino Stadium, the Kenner Discovery Swamp Owls made sure the historic night would be a memorable one for all in attendance.
On the first offensive play from scrimmage, Kenner Discovery Head Coach P.J. Sprunk dialed up a wide receiver option pass, resulting in a 75-yard touchdown that electrified the fans and student body.
The Swamp Owls rode the momentum of that opening score and soared onto a 44-0 victory over the Fisher Gators, recording a historic victory in the school’s first ever varsity contest.
Sophomore quarterback Kristian Kraft led the way for the Swamp Owls, accounting for four total touchdowns on the night. Kraft connected on three scores through the air and added one more on the ground. Freshman wide receiver Labyron Martin hauled in two touchdown receptions, including the 75-yard pass on the opening play from scrimmage.
Not to be left out of the scoring barrage, Dashawn Clark also added a defensive touchdown for Kenner Discovery (1-0). An errant snap for Fisher (0-1) at their own 8-yard line bounced right into Clark’s hands in the endzone, giving the freshman defensive tackle the first defensive touchdown in school history.
The Swamp Owls opened the game with fireworks, scoring on their first five offensive possessions. Starting at their own 25 yard line, sophomore Chad Woodson took the hand off from Kraft on a reverse, then pulled up and connected on a pass to a wide open Martin for a 75-yard touchdown to put Kenner Discovery in the lead 7-0 with 11:40 to play in the first quarter.
One possession later, Kenner Discovery would start the drive at the Fisher 14-yard line and quickly capitalize. Three plays later, Kraft connected with Woodson on a 4-yard pass to give the Swamp Owls a 13-0 lead with 8:25 to play in the opening quarter.
Kenner Discovery had great field position deep in Fisher territory for the next drive. Starting at the Gators’ 20-yard line, the Swamp Owls needed just four plays to hit pay dirt. Sophomore Running Back Matthew Davis would punch it in from eight yards out, extending the lead to 19-0 with 4:35 to play in the first quarter.
After holding the Gators to a three-and-out again, the Swamp Owls took over at their own 23-yard line. Instead of going for another deep pass, the Swamp Owls used a methodical approach to march down the field to score their next points. Eight plays later Kraft scored on a three-yard run to stretch the Swamp Owl lead to 26-0 with 10:45 to play in the second quarter.
Following yet another three-and-out from the defense, Kenner Discovery took over at the Fisher 31-yard line and needed just one play to put points on the board. Kraft connected on a short pass to senior tight end Axel Valero over the middle, but Valero would break multiple tackles and race away from the defenders on the far-side of the field for a 31-yard touchdown reception to blow the game wide open 32-0 with 8:00 to play in the second quarter.
The second half would start with more of the same for Kenner Discovery. Another three-and-out by the Swamp Owl defense forced the Gators to punt. However, the snap rolled by the punter, who kicked the ball off the ground to keep it from being recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
After the illegal kicking penalty was marched off, the Swamp Owls took over with first-and-goal at the Gators’ three-yard line. Four plays later on fourth down, Kraft would toss his third touchdown of the game, hitting Martin for a four yard score to make the score 38-0 with 7:25 to play in the third quarter.
The final score of the game would come courtesy of the defense. Starting at their own 15-yard line, Fisher fumbled the snap to go back to their own 8-yard line.
The very next play, the snap was fumbled again and rolled towards the end zone. Two Gators grabbed the ball and tossed it up, in an attempt to get the ball out of the end zone. However, the ball was tossed directly into the hands of Clark who bobbled it, then secured the catch as he tumbled to the ground for the touchdown to bring the score to the final tally of 44-0 with 6:50 to play in the contest.
Kenner Discovery will look to make more history next week, as they seek the school’s first winning streak, when they travel out of state to face Bay High in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Fisher will try to bounce back next Friday when they host Grace King.
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