Kent County enjoyed its one-year reign as Maryland Class 1A state champion so much that it didn't want it to end. Junior tailback Wayne Lee scored on a 14-yard run with 5:17 left and backfield mate Sean Freeman, running on a gimpy ankle, bowled over for the two-point conversion as the Trojans claimed an 8-7 victory over Smithsburg of Washington County yesterday at High Point.
Kent, which defeated Smithsburg 23-0 in last season's championship, had several opportunities to score in the first half but was turned away. A fumble recovery by defensive lineman Dave Smith thwarted one Kent drive and another stalled at the Leopards 11 with incomplete passes on third and fourth downs.
Another opportunity fell through after James Robinson's fumble recovery deep in Smithsburg territory. Quarterback Marone Brown overthrew wide receiver Ronnie Turner in the end zone to end the threat.
A third-quarter fumble recovery by sophomore safety Colby Bachtell, who also had an interception, gave Smithsburg the ball at the Trojans 32.
Six plays later Bachtell scored on a 10-yard run with 3:15 left in the quarter. Chris Kretsinger's kick made it 7-0.
Smithsburg tried to run down the clock, but linebacker Garvin Potts stopped Bachtell on a fourth-and-one sweep and the Trojans took over on their 28. They then drove 72 yards in seven plays, including a 24-yard end-around by Billy Coleman.