SILVER SPRING – The Wheaton varsity football team broke its three game losing streak during a rain-soaked homecoming Saturday, defeating winless Kennedy at Blair Stadium, 21-6.
Both teams struggled to hold onto the slippery ball as the steady rain saturated the field.
Kennedy’s six turnovers allowed the Knights (3-3) to recover from their own mistakes and start to pull away at the end of the third quarter.
“The boys at Kennedy are having a hard time learning how to win,” said Cavaliers Head Coach Dan Makosy. “They hang in there the whole time and then they lose it in the end. They don’t know how to finish.”
The Knights found the end zone early in the game when senior defensive back Dequawne Mitchell intercepted Kennedy junior quarterback Daryl Wills.
Wills lobbed the ball in Mitchell’s direction. The senior, who also plays wide receiver, channeled his offensive skills when he grabbed Wills’ pass out of the air and ran 38 yards for the pick six.
Wheaton senior wide receiver and kicker Jahmally Willie missed the extra point attempt.
Kennedy tied the game midway through the third quarter on a long drive that ate more than seven minutes off the clock.
Wills handed off to senior running back Kamal Vauls on a second-and-goal from the seven yard line. Vauls cut to his left and appeared to be running out of bounds before he darted into the end zone to put the Cavaliers on the board.
Makosy decided to go for the two point conversion attempt.
Wheaton senior linebacker Delantae Henderson-Feist leveled Wills in the pocket to deny Kennedy the two points.
The Knights didn’t allow the score to stay deadlocked for long.
Junior quarterback Russell Hoes tossed the ball to sophomore running back Shavon Cameron. Cameron burst through the Kennedy defenders and turned on the jets for a 30 yard touchdown.
Wheaton Head Coach Ernie Williams called for a two point conversion of his own.
Cameron showed off his throwing skills when he connected with junior running back Lovell Djieya in the corner of the end zone to tack on two more points.
The game was slipping away for Kennedy.
Djieya decided his two point conversion catch wasn’t enough of a contribution, instead grabbing Hoes’ handoff on first-and-10 deep in Cavaliers territory and muscling his way up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown.
Willie’s extra point attempt was good this time to help put Kennedy away.
The Cavaliers will continue searching for their first win next week against Einstein.
Williams said the key to stopping his team’s three game losing skid was learning from previous mistakes.
“It’s been a process but we’re just trying to get better every day,” he said. “We were a little more disciplined today, which is a good sign for us. We made mistakes but they weren’t the same mistakes we were making a few weeks ago.”
Wheaton’s next challenge comes next week against 5-1 Seneca Valley.