“They’ve got a good team on both sides of the ball,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “I feel like we held our own pretty well. We competed and we have to move on.”
The Comanches got things going early in the first half. With 7:06 to go in the first quarter, Caleb Curtis scored on a 17-yard run, with Kris Patek kicking the PAT. Later in the quarter, at the 4:22 mark, Evel Jones burst through the Kenedy defense for a 67-yard rushing score. Patek’s kick left the Lions with a 14-0 deficit after the first quarter. The only score of the second quarter came once again on the legs of Curtis as he scored on a 26-yard run with 1:06 to go. Despite the missed PAT, the Comanches held a 20-0 lead at halftime.
Shiner’s last two scores came in the third quarter. The first came on a 3-yard run by Trevion Flowers with a missed PAT. The second came from Shiner’s only pass completion of the contest as Flowers connected with Jones for the 9-yard score, with Patek’s kick putting the Shiner lead at 33-0. Kenedy’s only score of the contest came with 2:18 left to play as Rolie Zepeda scored on a 12-yard run to break the Comanches’ shutout bid. The PAT by Weston Hallmark was good, putting the score at 33-7 as time expired.
Statistically, the Lions gained 153 yards of total offense, with 37 yards rushing over 17 carries and 116 yards passing over 14 completions. The Comanches, by comparison, gained 324 yards of total offense, with all of it, except for the passing touchdown, coming from their running game over 43 carries. In terms of penalties, each team was flagged three times with Kenedy being penalized for 25 total yards and Shiner being penalized for 15 total yards.
This week, the Lions will travel to Three Rivers to take on the Bulldogs in a crucial district matchup.
“We’ve got three teams in a row that are physical and run the ball,” said Havron. “It’s no different than what we’re used to seeing. It’ll be our strength against theirs.”
Kickoff in Three Rivers is set for Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.