Kingwood gets first win

Published 1:55 am Saturday, October 18, 2008

As the fog began to roll in the second half on this October night, you could tell something was different.

Trailing by seven points in the fourth quarter, the Kingwood Lions (1-7, 1-4) utilized an interception returned for a touchdown, and two rushing scores, to secure their first win of the season with a 28-14 homecoming victory over the Prattville Christian Panthers.

After falling behind at the half, the Lions’ fourth-quarter rally began when Seth Trimble picked off a Panther pass and returned it 35 yards for the Kingwood touchdown. The Lions’ defense held, and then senior Eric Marshall went to work.

After successfully running a reverse from quarterback Andrew Steele to Marshall to wide receiver Justin Dickinson several times in the game, the Lions once again called the play with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game.

But this time, something was different. As Marshall was about to make the handoff to Dickinson, he saw just one defender, the first down marker and some running room.

“I saw the first down and knew I could get it,” Marshall said. “It’s been so tough the last three games, coming up short. I’m so happy right now.”

Although the game ended perfectly for the Lions, it did not start out that way. The first quarter was scoreless and included three punts, a pair of Panther punts and a missed 38-yard Kingwood field goal. The second quarter started with a pair of punts before Dickinson gave the Lions a 7-0 lead off of a 2-yard run.

Prattville Christian answered with a 59-yard touchdown run, but the two-point conversion failed.

The Lions had the ball, just trying to run out the clock before the half when a toss sweep from Steele to Marshall resulted in a fumble, giving the Panthers the ball. The Panthers scored on a 20-yard run with 44 seconds remaining in the half to take the lead into the locker room, 14-7.

The Lions hit the road Friday as they travel to East Montgomery.