NEWPORT NEWS (WAVY) – Ronald “K.J.” Kearney says his last game was “the most fun I’ve ever had in a football game, and I played in a state championship game my senior year in high school.”
The junior quarterback is referring to last Saturday night, when Christopher Newport University scored 21 straight fourth-quarter points and ran away with a 42-28 win over 17th-ranked Wesley College.
In guiding the Captains (3-0, 2-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference), Kearney threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns, breaking a single-game record for the second consecutive week. The week prior, he threw for 355 yards and two scores in the program’s first ever win at Hampden-Sydney.
When asked if he’d ever seen that in his coaching career, head coach Matt Kelchner cleverly responded, “Yeah…the first two games we ever played here.” Meaning, no he hadn’t.
Kearney has commanded the top scoring attack in the NJAC, and has guided the Captains to only the third 3-0 start in the program’s 16-year history.
“We’re off to a good start,” said Kelchner, who announced 2016 would be his last as CNU’s head coach. “Like every coach says, no matter if you’re 0-3 or 3-0, everybody says the same thing, ‘We got a lot to work on.'”
Kelchner decided against the “standard answer” when speaking of his team’s goals this season.
“Everybody says, ‘One week at a time,’ ‘We’ll see where we stand, or ‘Let’s improve,’ but shoot, (the team wants) to win the conference championship,” he said. “That’s what they set as a goal. How can I knock that?”
There’s still a long season left to play, but one thing’s certain, as Kearney has already attested to, the first three games have been rather fun.