By Joseph Phillips, Sports writer
The Chicago Crusader Newspaper
The Kenwood Broncos football team improved to 4-1 on the season after a 19-6 victory over Back of The Yards College Prep on Thursday night at Gately Stadium.
“I was very very impressed with the defense,” said Sinque Turner, head coach of the Broncos. “They knew that they had to step their game up because we were playing with our back up quarterback. I was very impressed with the(ir) defensive effort today.”
Coach Turner and the Broncos defense held the Bobcats to 6 points throughout the game, thanks to the superb defensive play of linebacker Rickie Jones ( who finished with 9 tackles, 2 hurries and 1 sack) and defensive end Caleb George ( finishing with a game-high 10 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for losses, and 3 hurries).
Thursday was George’s first game back off the injured list since injuring himself last season which forced him to sit out his junior year.
Coach Turner said he was glad to see George back on the field and look forward to seeing big plays out of him throughout the season.
Speaking of big plays, the Broncos offense was led by the inspired play of back up QB Lou Henson, who put up 19 points on the board in replacement of starting junior QB Kaleb Garner, who injured himself in last week’s game against Steinmetz.
In the first half, Henson connected with wide receiver Dante Reynolds on a 30 yard pass play, moving the Broncos in scoring position at the 13 yard line. On the ensuing play on 1st and 10 with 1:18 remaining in the second quarter, running back Lavor Lindsey would score on a 13 yard TD run from scrimmage. Giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead at half time.
“Overall everybody did great,” said Daniel Berrera, first year kicker of the Broncos. “They (played) their role. They did everything.”
Berrera, a two sport athlete for the Broncos, who on yesterday, started as the team’s number one goalie for the boy’s soccer team. Berrera surrendered only one goal in the team’s 2-1 victory over Lindbloom High School on Wednesday night at Kenwood Field, and nailed two extra points for the football team on Thursday night’s 19-6 victory over Back of The Yards College Prep.
Final Score: Kenwood 19, BOTYCP 6.
During Thursday’s win, the Broncos offense was aided by two additional scores to close out the game. QB Lou Henson would connect on a 25 yard TD pass to wide receiver Isaiah Smith making the score 13-0 with 4 minutes and 40 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Followed by a game clinching 13 yard rushing TD by running back Lewis Bond, making the score 19-6 with 2:35 remaining in regulation. In spite of a great run by Bond, he was hurt on the play after colliding with an Eagles defender in pursuit of the end zone.
Chicago Crusader Players of The Game:
LB Rickie Jones, Kenwood, finished with 9 tackles, 2 hurries and 1 sack DE Caleb George, Kenwood, finished with a game-high 10 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for losses, and 3 hurries.