The Henry County Patriots won their 11th straight game against Kenwood on Friday, Sept. 25, with a final score of 62-0. The streak dates back to the 2006 season. 

Henry County was led by great rushing efforts from Zemariyon Kendall and Jermarcus Johnson, who combined for five total touchdowns and amassed 246 of the Patriots 392 total rushing yards. The Patriots scored on their first play from scrimmage, thanks to a 64-yard pass from Ryan Damron to Jawon Odoms. 

Odoms, despite receiving little playing time throughout the contest, locked down Corben Howard, Kenwood’s top receiver on the year. Howard was limited to two receptions on the evening, totaling seven yards. Henry County head coach James Counce Jr. spoke high praise of Odoms’ ability following the victory.

“He’s played well all year,” Counce Jr. said. “He’s had an opportunity to play against some talent that’s gotten big time offers…He’s played against a lot of talent: from playing against Haywood, to playing Beech, to playing Brentwood and then tonight. He has established himself to be one of those guys that these colleges should be after.”

Although the Knights were stymied on both sides of the ball, Kenwood head coach Les Greer was grateful for the opportunity to give his younger players action in the second half. 

“They see, when you’re going up against a good football team like Henry County, how important every little thing is,” he said. “Pre-snap alignment, our first step, all those things are so important that, sometimes we get away with when we play other people. We show them on film, we coach it and try to correct it in practice, and they’re learning how important all of that is.

“We have been working hard, we have been. We’ve got to continue to do that, because we have a lot of young guys that haven’t played much. Some guys haven’t played football at all. They’re behind a team like Henry County who has been playing in that system since they were sixth graders. We’ve got to continue to work hard to make sure we improve.”

With the win, Henry County remains in a tie for first in region 7-5A, deadlocked at 3-0 with Northeast. The Patriots will travel to play the Gallatin Green Wave in a non-region game next week. 

Kenwood fell to 1-4 overall following the homecoming defeat and will hope to attain their second region win of the season at West Creek on Oct. 2.

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