Kingwood pounds Flames in season opener

By ACE FUTRELL / Staff Writer

The Kingwood Christian School Lions routed the Flint Hill Christian Flames 53-0 in the Lions’ in their Alabama Independent Schools Association season opener Aug. 20.

Sophomore quarterback Kevin Woody led the Lions’ offensive charge, rushing into the end zone for four of Kingwood’s eight touchdowns.

Senior running back Tyrone Pope was key in the Lions’ ground dominance, and ran a Flint Hill punt back 35 yards for a touchdown with 10:40 left in the third quarter to put the Lions up 38-0.

Despite offensive and defensive dominance, special teams were an issue for the Lions, who improved to 1-0.

“The (point-after) attempts and special teams need work,” said Kingwood head coach Vince Elliott. “Tonight they weren’t great.”

Although they made only one point-after attempt, Kingwood did successfully earn a two-point conversion twice to make up for missed kicks.

Despite issues with special teams, Elliot feels the Lions are ahead of schedule and ready for the rest of the season.

“I’m very surprised with our execution this early in the season,” Elliot said. “This game was definitely a confidence booster.”

Now Kingwood is preparing for their first real test, according to Elliot.

Next week is a home game against Prattville Christian.

“Next week we’ll really see how good we are,” Elliot said.

Kickoff against Prattville Christian, a region opponent in Alabama Independent Schools Association Class 3A, Region 2, is set for 7 p.m.