Switch at quarterback sparks New Kent’s 42-7 blowout of Grafton
An ever-changing schedule pitted New Kent’s Trojans against the visiting Grafton Clippers in a Saturday afternoon football matchup. And while the hosting Trojans have seen a variety of shifts in the schedule, their excellent play on the field has continuously put them in the win column.
After only leading by seven at the intermission break, New Kent orchestrated 28 unanswered points in the second half as they rolled to a 42-7 victory over the visiting Clippers.
Electing for a change in quarterback, New Kent started Ashton Whitlow in the signal calling position, electing to place normal starter Joey Campbell in his natural wide receiver position. The move reaped immediate success, as Whitlow connected with wide receiver Logan Frederick on 19 and 37-yard pass completions. Campbell finished the drive from three yards out to bestow an early lead for the hosts. Another drive saw Whitlow connect with Campbell to get down to the two-yard line. From there, a tote by Jamie Jones Farrow put the hosts up by 14 near the end of the first quarter.
Grafton finally caught a break in the beginning of the second quarter. A botched punt attempt by Frederick set up the visitors deep in New Kent territory. After two New Kent penalties placed the ball inside the five-yard line, Grafton quarterback Bryson Fell found his way into the end zone from three yards out to slice the hosts’ lead in half (14-7). That score would hold up until the end of the half.
From the intermission break, New Kent flexed its muscle. Utilizing a screen game, Frederick was the recipient of a short pass that turned into a 70-yard touchdown score. After Trojan defensive lineman Wade Grubbs recovered a Clippers’ fumble, New Kent’s Logan Powell made a trip into the end zone on the first play of the second quarter to stretch the home team’s advantage to 21 (28-7). From there, New Kent cruised as running back Aquavious Dunbar scored the final two touchdowns in the contest.
New Kent improves its record to 4-1 on the season.