Kennett's Harold Weeden rushes the ball to the outside. [Order this photo]
"When you talk about some of the top programs in the entire state you would probably put Ste. Genevieve in the mix," Kennett coach Corey Adkisson said. "We came out early and executed pretty well. We had some positive things happen early. As the game moved on their strength really kind of took over. That's from being younger than they are on both the offensive and defensive line.
"I know our young guys are going to get stronger," Adkisson continued. "This is the type of program we want to be eventually. We want to be a class program like Ste. Genevieve so hopefully the guys are going to get into the weight room and work this offseason to get bigger."
No. 8 seeded Kennett experienced some success moving the ball against top-seeded Ste. Genevieve in the first quarter of the road contest.
Kennett moved the ball 30 yards on the opening drive of the game before turning the ball over on downs. Ste. Genevieve followed by putting together a 64-yard scoring drive on its first offensive possession that ended with a 44-yard touchdown run by Gabe Meyer.
Kennett tied the game at 7-7 on the first play of its next offensive possession when Darius Warren ran the ball 80 yards for a touchdown and Bud Hilburn drilled the point-after-attempt.
"We got a couple of stops early and then they started moving it a little bit," Adkisson said of the first quarter. "We felt like we had a pretty good game plan defensively and offensively coming in. We executed better, but just didn't make the tackles once or twice and it cost us.
"Offensively we ran a misdirection play off of our fly sweep with Warren," Adkisson said of Warren's touchdown run. "We blocked it up well and Darius hit the hole hard. That's the kind of stuff we are capable of so hopefully our kids can look at this film later on and see what we are capable of if we can put series like that together."
Kennett was unable to calculate a score on its final five offensive possessions of the first half. The Indians committed one of its four turnovers in the first half.
Meyer ran for three additional touchdowns in the first half to help Ste. Genevieve build a 28-7 lead by halftime. Meyer finished the game with 20 carries for 182 yards. He had four rushing touchdowns before halftime.
"What we understood early in the season was they were more of a spread team that threw it around more," Adkisson said, when asked if he expected Ste. Genevieve to utilize Meyer frequently. "Then when we got the film they ran a lot of midline option type stuff. We really tried to come in and stop that, but that kind of stuff is really hard to stop. It's a great offense and they run it really well. They are big and strong up front, they have some good backs that hit the hole hard and their quarterback reads it wonderfully."
Kennett's Bron McPherson near the sideline Thursday. McPherson led Kennett in receptions. [Order this photo]
Kennett scored the final touchdown of the game when Declan Wallace connected with Bron McPherson for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds left in regulation.
"He started as receiver and we brought him in at the end to try to get him some more reps at QB," Adkisson said of Wallace's touchdown throw. "He made some good throws and Bron McPherson made a great play for a touchdown reception. Cameron Harper came across the field and made a good play on the conversion attempt as well. That's definitely positives moving forward."
McPherson had a team-high five receptions for 69 yards. Warren had 11 carries for 129 yards. Kennett's Harold Weeden had 12 carries for 26 yards and was 5 of 15 in the air for 54 yards.
Moderate to heavy rain fell throughout most of the contest.
"It seems like every Friday if it's not raining there is a severe chance of rain," Adkisson said. "We've had delays in three games this year. I've never had more than one delay in a season before this year. Both teams had to battle through it again tonight and we cannot use the weather as an excuse. We've just got to battle through it."
Ste. Genevieve will play the winner of a Friday night quarterfinal game between No. 4 seeded Potosi and fifth-seeded New Madrid County Central. Ste. Genevieve, which is ranked No. 6 in the latest Class 3 state poll and has a 9-1 record, will host New Madrid County Central or Potosi on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.
Kennett concludes its season with a 1-9 record. It beat East Prairie 42-8 in its final regular-season game last week.
"I was really happy for the kids to get a win," Adkisson said. "They have been working hard and deserved to get a win this season.
"Moving forward I hope they are upset about the season because it is not the season we wanted or hoped for," Adkisson continued. "I hope we use this as a building block to get better and stronger moving forward next year.
"I know the kids are excited for the offseason and ready to get better," Adkisson said. "I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this program. I think we've got opportunities the next couple of years as we get bigger and stronger to really start making some noise and being a better football team record-wise."
Ste. Genevieve 55, Kennett 15
KHS 7 0 0 8 - 15
SGS 14 14 21 6 - 55
SG - Gabe Meyer 44 run (Clayton Naeger kick good), 8:57
K - Darius Warren 80 run (Bud Hilburn kick good), 8:45
SG - Meyer 5 run (Naeger kick good), 3:03
SG - Meyer 34 run (Naeger kick good), 7:55
SG - Meyer 1 run (Naeger kick good), 2:46
SG - Brendan Dallas 14 run (Naeger kick good), 10:20
SG - Anthony Roe 8 run (Naeger kick good), 7:17
SG - Fumble on kickoff returned for touchdown (Naeger kick good), 7:01
SG - Luke Gettinger 67 run (conversion no good), 7:48
K - Declan Wallace 21 pass to Bron McPherson, 0:30
RUSHING: Kennett - Harold Weeden 12-26, Darius Warren 11-129, Declan Wallace 1-3, Treyvon Bradford 3-13, Ridge Diffine 2-7. Ste. Genevieve - Gabe Meyer 20-182, Matt Drury 6-33, Brendan Dallas 8-61, Anthony Roe 3-21, Brandon LaRose 1-5, Clayton Naeger 1-(-1), Luke Gettinger 1-67, Joe Allen 1-4.
PASSING: Kennett - Harold Weeden 5-15-0 54, Declan Wallace 3-5-0 25. Ste. Genevieve - Matt Drury 3-7-0 52.
RECEIVING: Kennett - Bron McPherson 5-69, Declan Wallace 2-9, Cameron Harper 1-1. Ste. Genevieve - Luke Palmer 1-6, Gabe Meyer 1-42, Jacob Roe 1-4.
The Kennett cheerleaders on the sideline at the Ste. Genevieve-Kennett football game Thursday night.