Kingwood kicks off season with win
By JOSH ETHRIDGE / FOR THE REPORTER
ALABASTER — The Kingwood Christian Lions used a furious comeback to defeat Jackson Academy, 43-24, Aug. 23 at home.
Jackson opened the game with the ball and scored on a 10-play drive, eating up five minutes off the clock. The extra point was missed to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead.
On the kickoff, Jackson was able to regain possession as a result of a fumble by Kingwood. Eight plays later the Eagles scored their second touchdown on a 9-yard TD pass. Jackson attempted the two-point conversion, but failed to convert, making the score 12-0.
Kingwood’s woes continued during the next three drives, as they registered an interception, fumble and a blocked punt deep in their own territory. Jackson was able to capitalize by scoring twice to make it it 24-0 with 4:36 left in the first half.
The next drive, Kingwood scored on a 64-yard touchdown pass by Gavin Sumrall to Montez Haynes. The extra point was missed, making the score 24-6 with 4:10 left in the half.
Kingwood scored on its next drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Sumrall to C’Yontai Lewis, making it 24-14 at the half.
The Lions started the second half with a drive capped off by 25-yard touchdown pass to Montez Haynes. The extra point was missed making the score 24-20.
KCS cut the lead to two on a safety as a ball was snapped into the end zone on an attempted Jackson punt.
The Lions scored again on a 5-yard run by Sumrall. After the extra point, the Lions led 29-24.
Kingwood never looked back. They scored two more touchdowns to bring their total to 43 unanswered points.
“We got a wakeup call quick. We got behind 24-0, just got rattled,” said head coach Steve Birmingham. “They pulled it together, came back and shut them out.”
Montez Haynes finished the game with 7 catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Kingwood goes on the road to face Hooper Academy Aug. 30.