By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Kenwood Academy opened the football season with a blow-out 48-0 victory over Whitney Young High School on Saturday night at Gately Stadium.
The Broncos jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first half. Kenwood was led by the superb play of quarterback Kaleb Garner, who threw for 290 passing yards and three touchdowns, and added nearly 100 rushing yards for the game. Garner was impressed with his team’s overall performance.
“Today’s (game) was very important,” said Garner, after the game. “We wanted to show the fans what this season is all about (winning).”
Junior wide receiver Dante Reynolds had almost as big an impact as Garner. He finished the game with six catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite facing tight coverage throughout the night Reynolds and Garner combined for several big plays including a 30-yeard TD earlier in the second half.
“I’m very proud of those two guys right there,” said coach Sinque Turner after the victory over the Dolphins. “That’s a heck of a combination right there. Those two guys are going to do some special things this season.”
While the offense was piling up the yards and the points, the Bronco defense was pitching a shutout against the Dolphins, holding their offense to no points and forcing five turnovers.
The Broncos defense unveiled a “turnover chain” on the sideline. Payers said the chain signifies the need to dominate the on every possession. The chain includes a golden pick to signify interceptions (which the team earned two on the night, including one by all city cornerback Donald Dillion); a bottle of syrup, symbolic of the offensive linemen who pancaked defenders throughout the game; and a hard hat, for all the hustle plays made on the field.
Hyde Park Herald Players of The Game:
#10 QB Kaleb Garner, Kenwood, three touchdowns, 290 yards, and 90
#11 WR Dante’ Reynolds, Kenwood, six catches, two touchdowns, 153 yards.
Kenwood’s Defense, which forced five turnovers, two interceptions, three fumbles, and several sacks in the season-opening shutout.