It was not the likeliest of scenarios Kennard-Dale found itself in during its first Monday night game under the portable lights in Fawn Grove.
The Rams, who have won one of their past 17 games dating back two years, were running off their home field at halftime of their homecoming game only down a touchdown to New Oxford.
The second half proved to be more of a nightmare than a dream as the Colonials pulled away for a 21-0 YAIAA Division II football win.
"Frustrating," Kennard-Dale coach Andy Loucks said. "Very frustrating."
Kennard-Dale (1-6, 0-2 Division II) was just 17 seconds from heading to the locker room with a scoreless tie at the half, but senior running back Aaron Zinneman punched a touchdown in from 11 yards out to cap an eight-play, 50-yard drive. The drive originated after a 9-yard Kennard-Dale punt with 1:32 left.
"We stopped ourselves with mistakes," Loucks said. "Mistakes and turnovers killed us. They didn't make them, and we did. That was the difference."
The Rams were not only in the game, but were in it despite losing senior running back Mike Young with what appeared to be a right knee injury.
Young, who entered the game as the No. 3 rusher in the league with 866 yards and eight TDs, was knocked out of the game midway through the first quarter when he took a helmet into the knee on a 1-yard carry. He returned to the Kennard-Dale sideline, but not the game, and was seen on the bench minus pads.
"I don't know what his status is," Loucks said. "He was not really complaining of any kind of looseness or serious pain. I think he just got hit on the kneecap."
Enter sophomore Justin Fitchett and senior Dallas Allen. The Rams run game did not miss a beat as Fitchett rolled up 71 yards and Allen 23 yards before the half in Young's place.
However, Kennard-Dale could get no closer than 10 yards of the end zone.
The second half proved to be more to New Oxford's liking. The Colonials (5-2, 2-0 Division II) gained 123 of their 214 rushing yards in the final two quarters while attempting just four passes.
"Kennard-Dale has some size," New Oxford coach Jason Thurston said. "We knew we were going to have to be quick off the ball and beat them with speed. I think our kids were sort of sleepwalking through the first half.
"Kennard-Dale came out on fire and made us work. We just tried to get through that first half and regroup a bit. I told them they needed to step their game up in the second half."
Junior running back Hunter Ringrose scored a third-quarter touchdown from 4 yards out while senior running back Wes Beans took a fourth-quarter direct snap and raced 43 yards for the final score of the game.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Beans finished with 132 yards on 15 carries and is 73 yards from the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
New Oxford 0 7 7 7 -- 21
Kennard-Dale 0 0 0 0 -- 0
NO -- Aaron Zinneman 11 run (Trey Parrish kick), :17
NO -- Hunter Ringrose 4 run (Parrish kick), 6:38
NO -- Wes Beans 43 run (Parrish kick), 8:11
First downs 15 10
Rushes-yards 39-214 32-177
Passing 8-20-1 4-15-2
Passing yards 50 45
Total yards 264 222
Punts 2-34.5 3-21.7
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 1-6 3-20
Rushing -- NO, Wes Beans 15-132, Aaron Zinneman 10-33, Hunter Ringrose 4-27, Anthony Lippy 3-11, Josh Shultz 5-8, Elijah Myers 2-3, KD, Justin Fitchett 7-71, Mike Young 5-61, Dallas Allen 14-60, Josh Eaton 1-2, Danny Hall 1-0, Kyle Amrhein 4-(-17).
Passing -- NO, Lippy 8-20-1-50, KD, Amrhein 4-14-0-45, Fitchett 0-1-0-0
Receiving -- NO, Jordan Gardner 3-27, Beans 4-19, Keegan Romanoff 1-4, KD, Austin Jenkins 2-29, Hall 1-12, Fitchett 1-4.