It was a tale of two halts for the McIntosh Chiefs in a 41-27 Homecoming loss to the Mundy’s Mill Tigers.
McIntosh strung together a strong first half, only to see Mundy’s Mill come back out of the locker room scalding hot. The Chiefs 20-0 halftime lead slowly slipped away as the Tigers were unstoppable, outscoring the home team 41-7 down the stretch. Big plays and slipped tackles washed away what could have been a big Homecoming victory.
Senior quarterback Duke Kinamon picked up where he left off after missing the past two games with injury. Kinamon piled up more than 250 yards of offense (155 passing, 107 rushing) and four touchdowns.
Josh Ange was again his partner in crime, hauling in seven catches for 130 yards and a touchdown.
McIntosh didn’t take long giving their big crowd something to cheer about. The Chiefs opening drive chewed up 67 yards, most of them on a 40 yard run by Kinamon. Kinamon and Ange moved the chains on a third and 11 with a 13 yard pass. Kinamon capped off the drive, following the blocking of Patrick Triana, Owen Peacock, and Ange into the end zone for a five yard touchdown.
The Chiefs second drive was more of the same, with Kinamon slicing through the defense. A three yard score by Duke made it a 14-0 lead.
Spencer Barker made his impact in two phases of the game. Barker intercepted a pass to kill Mundy’s Mill’s next series, then, after McIntosh’s drive stalled, he placed a punt on the Tigers two yard line.
Mundy’s Mill would get out of the shadow of their own goalpost, but the Chiefs would make them pay. The Tiger QB bust loose on a scramble, but was tracked down from behind by the defense who punched the ball out. Triana pounced on the ball for another turnover.
The Chiefs took over at midfield, and used a 16 yard Avery Hurns run to push deep into Tiger territory. The drive would stall and a missed field goal would hand the ball back over. McIntosh’s defense would come through again, Peacock and Derek Bertke teaming up for a sack and an eleven yard loss.
McIntosh’s Kinamon-Ange connection did most of the legwork, piling up more than 60 yards on the ensuing drive. First, was a 41 yard hookup on a pass that thought they had stopped. The pair finished the drive with Kinamon hitting Ange on a post pattern for a 23 yard touchdown and a 20-0 halftime lead.
Mundy’s Mill shook off the deficit and came out in the second half like a team possessed. The Tigers scored on their first four possessions of the half and forced two turnovers.
After the Tigers took their first lead of the night, McIntosh responded with their best drive of the second half. A long Ange kickoff return set the Chiefs up in Tiger territory, and they didn’t waste the prime field position. A key fourth down conversion was followed up by Kinamon to Taylor Casterline for 30 yards on an out and up. Kinamon found paydirt again, breaking a tackle in the backfield and running for a five yard touchdown to knot the score at 27-27.
Mundy’s Mill didn’t let down. They ratcheted up the intensity. Each time the Chiefs looked like they had a key stop, the Tigers would break through a host of tackles and race up the field. A victory opportunity slipped through the Chiefs hands along with the Tiger ballcarriers.
McIntosh will try to rebound this week on the road against Morrow.