Down big, Kinnick rallies to upend Kadena
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Just when all seemed lost and Nile C. Kinnick seemed destined for a huge loss Saturday at Kadena, Patrick Kelly, Travion Morton and the Red Devils stepped up.
Kelly threw touchdown passes to Kaine Roberts and Chris Watson, Morton returned a fumble for the game-tying touchdown and Daniel Burke kicked the game-deciding extra point as Kinnick stormed back from a 33-6 deficit and edged the defending Far East Division I champions 34-33.
“I told these guys this is one thing they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” coach Dan Joley said. “What happened today has nothing to do with football. It has everything to do with what kind of men they are. That they believed and trusted in themselves and the coaches.”
“They learned how to overcome adversity,” Red Devils career rushing leader and current assistant coach Larynzo Abernathy said. “They made that transition from boys to men.”
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