— Roughly seven minutes into Thursday night's game against Churchland at Darling Stadium, Kecoughtan appeared ready to use the momentum from a season-opening win over Warwick. The Truckers had the ball three times and turned it over each possession.
But the Warriors' offense sputtered out of the gate, and Churchland eventually turned off the turnover machine en route to a 48-17 win.
"I take full responsibility for this loss," Kecoughtan coach Glenn Tidwell said. "We just weren't prepared tonight, and for whatever reason, the intensity from last week wasn't there."
Tidwell hoped to rest starting quarterback Anthony Dorsey, who injured his left ankle Aug. 28 against Warwick, giving backup Bruce Bailey the nod. The Warriors (1-1) went three-and-out three times in the first quarter, despite the prime field position created by Churchland's turnovers.
Kyle Lawrence's 33-yard field goal with 4:07 left in the first quarter was Kecoughtan's lone score of the first half.
The Truckers (1-1) first found the scoreboard — and took the lead for good — with 1:08 left in the first quarter, when quarterback Craig Brooks shoveled the ball to Brian Smith, who ran 54 yards down the right sideline for the score.
Smith would score twice more before the intermission: on a 72-yard punt return and a 59-yard pass from Brooks, each in the second quarter. Brooks ran in a touchdown from 22 yards with 3:49 left in the half, and Desmond Ware added a 5-yard score of his own.
The Warriors, on the other hand, lost 3 yards on offense in the first half.
"We just dug ourselves in too deep a hole," Tidwell said.
"I like how we bounced back some — we won the third quarter, if you want to score it that way — but we just couldn't get the defense off the field in the fourth quarter."
Dorsey started the second half for Kecoughtan, tossing touchdown passes to Grant West (11 yards) and Dominique Hollier (15 yards) to cut Churchland's lead in half. But once Churchland got the ball back with 1:13 left in the third quarter, the Truckers began running down the clock.
Nearly seven minutes later, Smith put the game out of reach with a 2-yard scoring run.
"I told my guys, this is the way we have to have it," Tidwell said.
"The intensity has to be there 100 percent of the time.
"It's just frustrating, that's for sure."
CHURCHLAND 48, KECOUGHTAN 17
Churchland 7 27 0 14 — 48 Kecoughtan 3 0 14 0 — 17
Kec – FG Lawrence 33
Chur – Smith 54 run (Stanek kick)
Chur – Ware 5 run (Stanek kick)
Chur – Smith 72 punt return (Stanek kick)
Chur – Smith 49 pass from Brooks (Stanek kick)
Chur – Brooks 22 run (kick failed)
Kec – West 11 pass from Dorsey (Lawrence kick)
Kec – Hollier 15 pass from Dorsey (Lawrence kick)
Chur – Smith 2 run (Stanek kick)
Chur – Roscoe 6 run (Stanek kick)