Is it, the best defense is a good offense, or the best offense is a good defense?
It didn’t matter Friday night: Kilgore displayed both.
The Bulldogs beat the “other” Bulldogs, from Chapel Hill, 35-7, here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium on Friday night, the District 10-4A, Division I opener for both teams.

Kilgore’s Donovan Adkins had three interceptions in the game, one of an eye-opening nine turnovers by Chapel Hill – Brian Brown opened the floodgates with a scoop-and-score, a fumble recovery for a touchdown for KHS. It was a dominating performance.

Kilgore (4-2 overall, 1-0 in district play) will buckle up and get ready for the annual Highway 259 Shootout with rival Henderson, set for Henderson’s turf next Friday night.

Chapel Hill’s long night started on its very first offensive possession, a fumble at midfield on first down, right after Kilgore had been flagged for offsides on a fourth down and 1. The ball popped up off the R.E. St. John turf and right into the hands of a running Brian Brown, who scooped it up and raced into the end zone for the first Kilgore score of the night, with 8:05 left in the first quarter.

The second Chapel Hill possession was much shorter: three plays. Quarterback Kobe Coker aired it out, but a little too far – into the waiting hands of Adkins, who got a decent return, but some of the yardage called back on a penalty, after the interception.

The Bulldogs scored on a two-play drive: Trey Epps, returning to the lineup after missing a couple of games due to injury, ran free for a 50-yard score, and with 6:28 left in the first quarter, put Kilgore up 14-0.

Kilgore recovered a Chapel Hill fumble in the second quarter, again right at midfield, and the key play of the drive was quarterback Dalton McElyea completing a screen pass to Epps for 15 yards, on a third-down conversion inside Chapel Hill’s 15-yard-line. Kennieth Lacy, also back from injury, scored two plays later on a 3-yard run, and that gave Kilgore a 21-0 lead. Chapel Hill threatened just before halftime, with first and goal at Kilgore’s 10, but Davin Rider ended one Chapel Hill possession with an interception, and then Adkins picked off Coker and returned the ball to midfield to end the half with KHS in front by three touchdowns.

Chapel Hill did get into the end zone in the game, a 1-yard run by Tyson Berry. But that was about the only highlight. Even after that, with Kilgore up 21-7, Chapel Hill kicked the ball deep – DaVondrick Crowe made them pay, returning the kick all the way to the Chapel Hill 16. Adkins scored on the very next play, making it 28-7 Kilgore.

Adkins had a third interception that ended the third quarter, and after Chapel Hill turned the ball over on downs at its on 3 after a failed fourth-down conversion, McElyea scored on a run two plays later, with 5:48 left in the game – that would be the game’s final score, although Brantley Propes had a sack, and both Bobby Owens and Zack Williams would get interceptions after that last touchdown.

Coker finished 13-of-32 for 112 yards, but the six interceptions.

For Kilgore, Epps finished with 100 yards rushing, exactly, and the 50-yard touchdown; Lacy had the 3-yard touchdown; McElyea had the 3-yard touchdown; Adkins had the 16-yard touchdown; and Brown had the first touchdown of the game, the fumble recovery.

Kicker Chris Baldazo was 5-of-5, and had a touchdown-saving tackle after a kickoff.


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