"I saw that in the moment and I knew I could score on that one," Kinder said. "That's one we needed to turn it around and that's when the momentum changed for us."
Kinder finished the game with 12 carries for 131 yards and two scores. He added six passing yards.
Kinder was not the only offensive weapon for East. McClain had 16 carries for 160 yards, adding a touchdown with 4:20 left in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Nitro showed a good deal of poise for what is still a tremendously young team. Late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Chris Moody hit a streaking Sam Voiles for 70 yards that would lead to a 6-yard touchdown pass to Steven Erelewine with 5:29 left in the game, bringing the Wildcats the closest they would come, trailing 21-18.
Midkiff remained positive after the loss.
"Our football team is learning how to play, learning how to play together, and learning how to play a whole game," he said.