Holton dominated offensively, with a 258-129 advantage in rushing, a 25-9 edge in first downs and a 36-12 minute advantage in time of possession.
But the game remained close throughout. The score was tied 8-8 after one quarter, 16-14 at halftime and 22-14 after three quarters.
Kent City tied the score at 22-22 with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, before Epplett’s late touchdown settled the issue.
Epplett finished with 123 yards on 22 carries while Nick Swenson added 81 yards rushing for Holton.
Jacob Bowden led the Red Devil air attack with five catches for 61 yards. Quarterback Blake Fialek completed 9 of 10 passes for 104 yards.
Mitchell Erickson paced the Holton defense with seven tackles.
Luke Scheuneman had 120 all-purpose yards for Kent City while Quinn Koonen scored two touchdowns.