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Kemether leads Whitefield to rout
by Martin Kester
nside@neighbornewspapers.com
September 18, 2012 06:22 PM | 1202 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whitefield’s Max Kemether threw for more than 1,000 yards last year. He’s likely not to reach that number this year in a triple-option offense, but the senior proved Friday he’ll produce in other ways.

Kemether intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown and rushing for another as Whitefield improved to 2-1 with a 46-7 win over St. Francis at Wolfpack Stadium.

“He’s kind of a quarterback. He’s kind of a running back. He’s kind of a defensive back,” said Whitefield coach Jimmy Fields. “But he’s a heck of a football player, make no mistake about it.

“I don’t want to play him at just one position. I recko’ we could play him at offensive line and he’d be fine there, too.”

Kemether was fine in all positions in the backfield, rushing for 70 yards and completing two passes, but his biggest impact was on the other side of the ball with two interceptions.

He returned the first one 20 yards for a touchdown, expanding the Wolfpack’s lead to 14-0 less than four minutes into the game. Kemether snatched the second one at the 1-yard line midway through the second quarter with nothing but green grass in front of him.

“I thought I was going to the house and I might have got a little premature celebration,” Kemether said. “In a game like this, I’ll let that one slide but no more of that in the future and I’m sure I’ll pay for that on Monday.”

On Monday, they’ll watch film of an offense that rushed for more than 300 yards with 11 players getting a chance to carry the football.

“I like the (new offense) because I’m getting the ball on almost every other play,” said senior tailback Richard Sherrill, who had a team-high 13 carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns. “But the thing is we have to learn to trust the offensive line. They’re the offense.”

Both sides of the Whitefield line pushed around the Knights (0-3), especially on the game’s first play when junior defensive tackle Jaylen Hudson broke into the backfield and collected a gift when the quarterback collided with his running back.

“We can’t fumble the ball on the first play,” said St. Francis coach Brennen Booth, whose team is in their first year of varsity football. We had three turnovers in the first quarter and we can’t expect to win, so we’ve got a lot of things to work on.”
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