For once it looked as though the Kennett High football team might catch a break.Trailing by a touchdown with just a few minutes remaining in its game last Saturday afternoon, the Blue Demons put together seven straight plays to go from their own 28-yard line to the East Stroudsburg North 4.
But on first-and-goal, quarterback Ben Petrak couldn't get a handle on the snap and North wound up recovering the ball and hanging on for a 22-15 win.
The loss drops Kennett to 0-4 on the season while North picked up its first win (1-3 overall).
"Right now it just seems like we're having some bad luck,"
Kennett assistant coach Vince Cattano said. "We're all feeling the effects of the game right now. We've got to find a way to snap out of it. There's a lot of football left to be played and we think we can be a pretty decent football team."
Kennett head coach Jim Donato would not talk to the media.
The fumble was one of Petrak's few miscues on the day. He completed 10 passes for 107 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to Blake Davenport. He also rushed for 77 yards.
There were other bright spots as well. Ty Rochester broke loose for a 71-yard ramble to the end zone just 16 seconds after North quarterback Brendan Woods rushed 19 yards to put North up 14-7. Unfortunately for the Blue Demons, the PAT was blocked and they trailed by a point at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, however, the Blue Demons got a break when a snap sailed high over North punter Anthony Sapio and out of the end zone giving Kennett the safety and a 15-14 lead.
While Rochester and Petrak had the lion's share of the offense, others stepped up as well. In addition to his touchdown reception, Davenport made a tremendous effort on an interception, batting the ball in the air a few times before finally hauling it in.
Jeff Bruhn and Jabar Mendez also picked off Woods' passes, and Bruhn had a nice return on a kickoff. And when North's Ashakie Samuels broke off a 49-yard run that looked like it would go all the way, David Turner chased him down at the 10-yard line.
"There's a lot of good things to take from this game, but the scoreboard doesn't reflect it," Cattano said. "Everybody's here to win football games and we're gonna keep plugging away. We still have more than half our season left so we can turn it around and salvage something here."