Kingwood closes winless season with loss to Meadowview

The Kingwood Christian School Lions had a few things go right in the final game of the season Friday night as they hosted Meadowview Christian on homecoming.

Unfortunately for the Lions, there were not enough highlights in the season-ending 34-6 loss to the Trojans.

After a long drive into Meadowview territory after the opening kickoff, the Lions’ drive stalled inside the Trojans’ 30-yard line. Meadowview responded to the opening drive with a drive of its own, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run to take an 8-0 lead with 5:23 remaining in the first quarter.

The Trojans added to their lead with a 45-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-3 with 1:33 left in the opening quarter, which was played in a constant downpour.

The rainfall ended and the Lions got off to a good start in the second quarter as Peyton Sumerall ran for a first down in Meadowview territory. Unfortunately, Sumerall coughed up the ball to end the Kingwood drive. Meadowview took advantage and scored on a 25-yard touchdown run to push its lead to 22-0 with 6:09 left in the first half.

The Lions had a chance to put points on the board late in the opening half, but Kingwood came up short on a fourth-and-5 inside Meadowview territory with 1:27 remaining in the second quarter.

Kingwood recovered an onside kick to start the second half, and a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on third-and-10 kept the drive alive, but junior running back Tyrone Pope was sacked on a third-and-20 to force a punt.

The Lions did some damage later in the quarter as Meadowview committed 5-yard facemask penalty and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which gave Kingwood the ball at the Trojans’ 20-yard line. Pope took advantage of the penalties and rushed for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:37 remaining in the quarter for the Lions’ only score in the game. Pope’s run on a fake extra-point attempt came up short folllowing the touchdown.

Kingwood had trouble containing a physical Meadowview rushing attack, as the Trojans added two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 34-6. The Lions came up short in a last-minute bid for a touchdown when Daniel Reeves’ pass into the end zone fell incomplete with 34 seconds left on the clock.

With the loss, Kingwood fell to 0-9 in head coach Vince Elliott’s first season. It’s the Lions’ first winless season since 2003.