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Steve Kent was, quite simply put, one of the best quarterbacks to ever lace 'em up for the Red Raiders in the program's 118-year history. A rare combination of size, speed and arm strength, Kent was the perfect helmsman for coach Mark Titus's high octane, wishbone offense. Wehter it was breaking long touchdown runs or throwing bombs downfield to open receivers, Kent was a star for the Red & White from the moment he was brought in as starting quarterback his sophomore year in 1982, to the final whistle of the Thanksgiving Day game versus Falmouth in 1984. All totalled, the Red Raiders were 21-9 with Kent calling the signals from behind center and he was a perfect 3-0 versus the archrival Clippers. In addition to being named a conference all-star twice in football, he was also named to the All-Cape & Islands teams (twice), earned the Red Raider Club Award for consistent, superior performance on the playing field, and ultimately, he was selected as a Shriners' South All-Star following his senior campaign.
On the vaunted Red Raider parquet, Kent earned two varsity letters battling for coach Gerry McDowell and helping lead BHS to a 13-7 record his junior year and a superlative 19-4 mark in his senior season as the Raiders captured the SMC Division I crown.
In baseball, Kent made his mark immedaitely in his sophomore season as he became the closer out of the bullpen for the Red & White, followed by a successful junior campaign when he took over the centerfield slot. Alas, baseball was not in the cards for Kent as he shifted gears his senior campaign and switched over to the track where he earned numerous plaudits and victories running the 100-yard dash.
Kent would later earn a football scholarship to Holy Cross. Kent also served as the BHS boys spring track & field varsity head coach in 1995 and 1996, compiling a 10-8 record.
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