Kentwood waylays Auburn 31-7 | Prep football

The Kentwood defense swarms Auburn senior Kevin Shelton. - Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter
The Kentwood defense swarms Auburn senior Kevin Shelton.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

The Kentwood Conquerors delivered a 31-7 defeat to the Auburn Trojans in a South Puget Sound League North 4A opener Friday at Auburn Memorial Stadium.

The Conks shot out to a quick lead in the first quarter, finding the end zone three times in the period to put the score at 21-0.

By the half, Kentwood was up 28-0.

On Kentwood's first play from scrimmage in the game, Conks senior quarterback Dane Manio connected with senior Terrance Grady for a 39-yard touchdown.

Kentwood added touchdowns on a 8-yard Dom Lindstrom run and a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Manio in the quarter.

In the second quarter, senior Jackson Huerta caught a 23-yard pass from Kyle Kirkham.

The Conks scored once more, on a Mitchell Cox field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans' lone score came on quarterback Brier Atkinson's 1-yard keeper with 3:17 left on the clock. Atkinson finished the game with 7-of-15 passing for 58 yards.

Manio finished with 8 of 12 passing for 92 yards and two interceptions. He also had 14 carries for 67 yards.

The Conks host Jefferson at 7 p.m. Thursday at French Field.

Auburn will hit the road to face Mount Rainier at 7 p.m. next Friday.

ALSO: The Auburn Mountainview Lions fell 20-7 to the Sumner Spartans at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner on Friday. The Lions host Mount Tahoma at 7 p.m. next Friday at Auburn Memorial Stadium... Kentlake opened its season with a 47-13 win over Jefferson on Friday at French Field. The Falcons play Kent-Meridian at 7 p.m. next Friday at French Field, with the Royals as the home team. Jefferson plays Kentwood at 7 p.m. next Friday at French Field... Kentridge fell 37-20 to South Kitsap in nonleague play on Friday. The Chargers travel to Auburn Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. next Friday for an SPSL North 4A contest against Auburn Riverside.

South Puget Sound League North 4A standings

(league win-loss, overall win-loss)
Auburn Riverside 1-0, 1-0; Kentlake 1-0, 1-0; Kentwood 1-0, 1-0; Tahoma 1-0, 1-0; Kentridge 0-0, 1-0; Auburn 0-1, 0-1; Jefferson 0-1, 0-1; Kent-Meridian 0-1, 0-1; and Mount Rainier 0-1, 0-1.

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