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Gratz earns Erik Zipay win number 100 with a fourth quarter burst, monster performance from Tair Bolden. @ErikZipay @KENSINGTON_HS Gallery @Chubbs56k

Written by: on Sunday, March 21st, 2021


Win number 100 for Erik Zipay

It took 14 years, and a huge performance from Tair Bolden, but Simon Gratz head coach Erik Zipay got his 100th win as a head coach. For Bolden, he had a monster day that started with returning the opening kick 75 yards for the first score of the game and ended with an 86 yard td run. sandwiched in between was a 62 yard td run to go along with his 39 yard scoring reception. All told, Bolden accounted for over 300 all purpose yards and 4 scores to lead the Bulldogs to a 42-8 win over Kensington. “I just wanted to play for my fellow brothers who couldn’t be here” said Bolden of his big day. “I saw the saw and knew I was taking it “to the crib” he said of the opening touchdown.

“He had a game didn’t he?” said Zipay of the running back’s performance. “But we didn’t play very good football that first half.”  Neither team was able to get any sort of momentum. Dropped passes, errant snaps and turnovers dominated the day until, with 2:34 left in the first half, the Tigers found the endzone. Taking over on their 43, Kensington quarterback Jason Clark found Isaiah Chambers for a 39 yard strike to the Gratz 3. Several plays later he called his own number from the 3 and with the 2 point play the Tigers had their only lead of the game.

The lead lasted all of 26 seconds. Bolden took the handoff on the next play from scrimmage and went the distance, 62 yards, to put Gratz up 12-8.  Kensington did have a chance before the half to get back on the board but a fourth down jump pass from the 3 missed it’s mark.  That was as close as the Tigers would get to the endzone the rest of the day. “We didn’t panic, our coaches remained calm and we just wore them down. We have pretty good numbers this year” said Zipay.  The second half opened with 3 punts no points. Then came the fourth quarter, and the wheels came off the cart for the Tigers. Or we should say the Bulldogs ripped the wheels off for them. Samir Wylie found Vondell Parsons from 20 yards out to extend the Bulldog lead to 20-8.

Then on the ensuing kick, Daryan Valladares celebrated his birthday by returning a muffed kick off 17 yards for the score. On the next play, a Kensington receiver lost the handle giving the ball back to Gratz and Bolden got his third td, a 39 yard reception. He finished the scoring with that 86 yard run on the next series.

Gratz will play Mastery Charter next week and Kensington will look to get it’s young team on track against Lincoln

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