By Mitch Ashcraft
On paper, Montague looked like the easy favorite on Friday’s Division 6 pre-district game.
But Kent City pulled off an incredible upset, defeating Montague 20-19 to advance to next weekend’s district finals against Ravenna.
“These kids are great – I can’t tell you how many times we have battled back,” said Kent City Coach Bill Crane. “This crowd, this community, they deserve this, it’s just phenomenal. I just couldn’t be more proud of my boys.”
The first quarter was scoreless, and the teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter.
Kent City’s Gio Weeks gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead, but Eddie Caviedes answered on Montague’s next possession with a one-yard touchdown blast.
Kent City took the lead on its first possession of the second half. Quarterback John Meek found Jace Dailey for a seven-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles up 14-7.
Two Montague possessions later, Caviedes capped a 70-yard scoring drive with a 15-yard touchdown run to get Montague within one point 14-13.
But the extra point kick went wide to the right and Kent City entered the fourth quarter clinging to a one-point lead.
Caviedes forced his way in for a three-yard touchdown to put Montague up 19-14 with 7:22 on the clock. He led his team with 137 rushing yards in the loss.
Kent City then drove to the Montague 35-yard line, looking to retake the lead, but Meek was intercepted by Kenyan Johnston with 2:38 to play. and it appeared the ‘Cats were on their way to victory.
But the Eagles defense stood tall, forcing the visitors to punt with 1:43 remaining. The kick was blocked and recovered by Kent City at the Montague one-yard line.
One play later, Colton Atwood plunged into the end zone to put the Eagles up 20-19.
With all three timeouts at their disposal, the Wildcats still had a chance to win, but their final drive stalled at midfield and KC gained possession with 40 seconds remaining and ran out the clock.