“We did a good job on execution,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We managed to play a lot of kids and got them some good series. That will help us as we get into district.”
The first quarter saw the Lions score three times. With 10:19 on the clock, Eddie Villarreal started the scoring spree with a 3-yard run, followed by the PAT by Weston Hallmark. Hallmark was 8-for-9 on extra point attempts during the game. Later in the quarter, at the 7:58 mark, Jeremy Rodriguez scored on a 14-yard run to put the score at 14-0. The first quarter’s final score came with 30 seconds to go as Rolie Zepeda scampered through the Hawkins defense on a 10-yard run to put the lead at 21-0 after a quarter of play.
In the second quarter, both teams scored one touchdown. Kenedy’s score came with 5:44 on the clock as Dominic Cruz connected with Weston Hallmark on a 13-yard pass. Coupled with the Wolfpack’s only score of the half, an 82-yard pass and a failed two-point conversion with 5:22 left, the halftime lead for the Lions stood at 28-6.
The Lions kept the momentum going in the second half. With 10:55 on the clock in the third quarter, Cedric Mejia took the ball into the end zone on an 8-yard run to make it 35-8. Just eight seconds later, on the ensuing Hawkins possession, Seferino Villarreal intercepted the Wolfpack pass and returned it 27 yards for the pick-six, though the PAT failed. Later in the quarter, at the 8:57 mark, Zepeda ran through the Wolfpack defense on a 58-yard run for the touchdown. The last score of the third quarter came with 1:44 to go as Joey White scored on a 7-yard run to put the lead at 55-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams, like in the second quarter, scored once in the fourth quarter. The Lions’ score came with 10:14 on the clock at White scored on a 28-yard touchdown run. With the Wolfpack scoring one more touchdown, a 9-yard run followed by another failed conversion with 1:43 to go, the final tally stood at 62-12.
Statistically, the Lions had 333 yards of total offense. The Wolfpack, by comparison, were held to 164 yards of total offense.
“We needed that to get back into that frame of mind,” said Havron. We wanted to be peaking at this time of year.”
This week, the Lions will begin District 15-1A Division I play as they host the Shiner Comanches, who knocked Kenedy out of the playoffs in the Bi-District round last season.
“Whenever they run that veer, it’s a high risk, high reward,” said Havron. “We’ve got to get turnovers and control the ball.”
Kickoff in Kenedy is set for Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.