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Kingston’s Maverick Martin (24) twists in the air as attempts to gain more yardage before he falls following a low tackle during Friday night’s game with Loudon.

Friday night at the Chig Rutledge Statium in Loudon the Yellow Jackets and the Loudon Redskins would end the regular season. The game had playoff implications for both teams. The Redskins were playing for seeding in the upcoming District playoffs, while the Yellow Jackets were playing simply to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Redskins entered the contest with a 5-4 overall record and 2-2 in the District. The Yellow Jackets who were riding high through the first half of the season have fallen off during the last 5 games and stand with a record of 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the District. There are several combinations which would put the Yellow Jackets in the playoffs but all of those start with a win tonight against Loudon. Unfortunately, that was not to be as the home team was able to pull off a 23-14 victory bringing the Yellow Jackets season to an end.

The game was one of those in which the score was not reflective of the evenness of the two teams. Both teams would rely on their ground game ball control offenses with an occasional pass. As usual the Kingston ground attack was lead by the trio of Carcel Whitehead {41 yds}, Kain Ladd {38 yds}, and Rylan Guettner {29 yds}. This marked Guettner’s return to full participation since an injury in the Campbell County game. Under his guidence, the Jackets would have 162 yards total offense { 41 passing and 121 on the ground}. On the other side of the field, the Redskins, under the direction of QB Will Ervin would have 260 yds total offense {63 passing and 147 rushing}. The game would remain close through 3 1/2 quarters but two uncharacteristic blocked punts by the Redskin defense would prove fetal for the Jackets.