By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
The Kenwood Academy High School Broncos football team improved to 2-0 on the season after a 22-12 victory over Lincoln Park High School Lions during the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Friday Night Game of The Week, Sept. 1, at Lane Tech High School’s Stadium.
“It’s a morale boost for both teams,” said Kenwood Coach Sinque Turner. “It’s Friday Night Lights. [Where] else would you like to play?”
Entering his third season as head football coach of the Broncos, CoachTurner, a former three sport athlete and standout from Simeon Career Academy and Eastern Illinois University graduate, expects to lead his team to their first ever city championship this year.
The Broncos scored first on a 14-yard touchdown pass by quarterback (QB)Denzel Stephens. The QB connected with wide receiver Dante Reynolds with 1:44 remaining in the first quarter. Following the touchdown pass by Stephens, the Broncos would execute a successful two-point conversion. Giving their team an early 8-0 lead.
After jumping out to an 8-0 lead to end the quarter, the Broncos defense allowed a two yard touch down pass by QB Scotty Waterfield of Lincoln Park, trimming their lead to 8-6, after a failed two-point conversion by the Lions.
With 2:04 remaining in the first half and the Lions in scoring position, the IHSA officials were forced into a two-hour delay, due to severe thunderstorms and heavy rains in the area. The players were not allowed on the field until the storm ended.
After the rain delay, the Lions remained in scoring position. But would fumble the ball on their very first possession with 2:03 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
Due to several more turnovers by the Lions, the second half was dominated by the Broncos outscoring the Lions 14-6 to end the game.
This is the Broncos’ second victory of the season.
Final Score: Kenwood 22, Lincoln Park 12
The Hyde Park Herald Player of The Game: #4 QB Denzel Stephens, Kenwood, three Touchdowns (TD), two TD passes and one TD run.