BENTON — The Kingston Yellowjackets capitalized on Polk County mistakes, racked up 35 first-half points and cruised to a 49-14 win ending the Wildcats' postseason after one round.
Kingston (7-4) scored on five of six possessions in the first half while holding Polk County (7-4) to a single touchdown.
The Yellowjackets stung Polk on its first possession of the game and the Wildcats uncharacteristically turned the ball over four times in the first two quarters. Polk was stopped on a fourth-and-goal at the Kingston 4-yard line on its first possession before giving up a fumble and back-to-back interceptions — all of which resulted in Yellowjacket touchdowns.
"I want to apologize to our fans for not having these guys better prepared. That wasn't a good showing all the way around," said a subdued Polk coach Derrick Davis. "But that doesn't diminish how I feel about these guys, especially the seniors. They put in four years of hard work.
We've overcome adversity this year and obviously this is not how we wanted the season to end. But, this won't be the last time they face adversity in life. The good thing about this is it's just a game. We've got to get ready for next year. I would have liked to have moved on, but that is not going to be the case."
Wildcats fullback Zach Miller scored the only touchdown for Polk County in the first half breaking through the middle of the Kingston line for a 78-yard score.
Miller rushed for 232 yards on 23 carries, 72 yards short of the 2,000-yard mark for the season. The 6-2, 235 pound junior ended with 1,928 yards on 257 carries and scored 22 TDs in 2012.
"He had a great year. I think our offensive line was a question mark coming in, but as the year went on they continued to improve and he was very consistent for us this year," said Davis if his work horse running back. "The good thing about him is he is a junior and we will have him back."
Justin Green capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge on Polk's second possession of the third quarter for the Wildcats' final score of the year.
"The sting of this will fade for these guys. It's a tough one. We've never quite had it handed to us like that. I really don't know the reason why. It was a poor job of getting these guys ready and it showed," said Davis.