By Amanda Ernst
KINGS MILLS, Ohio – Late field goals were the difference in the Kings-Turpin game on Friday.
Kings made one, Turpin did not.
The Knights booted a 38-yard field goal in the closing minutes to edge Turpin, 12-9 in the teams’ conference opener at Kings Stadium on Friday.
Turpin tried to answer with a 29-yard field goal attempt of its own in the closing seconds, but it hit the right post squarely, which ultimately ended the game.
The rain worked against both offenses, causing several fumbles, incomplete passes and slippery hands.
In the first quarter, Turpin mishandled a punt in the end zone which resulted in a Kings safety.
On the Knights’ next possession, senior Matt Sannella scored from 26 yards out to make it 9-0.
While the Spartans were hindered by first-quarter penalties, they were able to tie the score in the second stanza. A Kings fumble on a punt resulted in a Spartans safety, and Turpin's Adrian Baker ran in a touchdown right before halftime mark.
The last half of the game started off slowly with neither team scoring in the third quarter. It was not until the last three minutes of the game that Kings managed to successfully hit a 38 yard field goal bringing the score to 12-9 and taking the lead for the first time since the second quarter.
The Knights’ improve to 3-1 and 1-0 in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. Turpin drops to 1-3 and 0-1. - See more at: http://tristatefootball.com/articles.asp?articleid=5161#sthash.GCOp9nxX.dpuf