“We just came out executing and everyone stepped up their game,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We needed all those points. Everybody was just clicking and continuing to get better.”
The Lions got things going early as the defense, led on the play by Joe Kiesling and RayJ Garza, forced a safety for Kenedy’s first two points of the contest at the 10:47 mark of the first quarter. With 9:03 on the clock, Seferino Villarreal scored on a 38-yard run for the Lions. The failed conversion left the lead at 8-0. Just 21 seconds later, Villarreal caught a pass from Dominic Cruz for a 35-yard score, with Cruz running in the conversion to extend the lead to 16-0. Later in the quarter, at the 1:27 mark, Cedric Mejia punched it in on a 3-yard run, with Jordan Valdez kicking the PAT. The Bobcats got on the scoreboard with 32 seconds left in the first quarter on a 49-yard running play by Nathan Magana, with the extra point by Alex Acosta cutting Kenedy’s lead to 23-7. The Lions roared right back with 11 seconds left with a 69-yard run by Mejia. Valdez’s kick extended the Lions’ lead to 30-7 after the first quarter of play.
The lone score of the second quarter came on a 7-yard running play by Skidmore-Tynan’s Wyatt Scott, with the two-point conversion run by Magana cutting Kenedy’s lead to 30-15 at the halftime break.
The Lions scored the only touchdown of the third quarter with 3:30 on the clock on a 19-yard passing play from Cruz to Jacob Asebedo, though the missed kick left the score at 36-15. Kenedy’s final score of the contest came with 2:17 to go in the fourth quarter as Angel Flores blocked a Bobcat punt and recovered the ball in the end zone. Cruz connected with Asebedo on the two-point conversion to put the lead at 44-15. The Bobcats’ final score of the game came with just nine seconds left to play on a 1-yard run by Elijah Holifield. The Bobcats failed the conversion, and the Lions’ lead of 44-21 stood as time expired.
Statistically, the Lions gained 395 yards of total offense, with 238 yards rushing over 33 carries and 157 yards passing over 10 completions. The Lions were penalized seven times for 65 total yards.
“There were some questionable penalties but we’re doing all things well and we’re continuing to improve,” said Havron.
This week, the Lions will travel to Woodsboro to take on the Eagles, a team that Havron noted as a good non-district test for his team.
“They are full of weapons,” said Havron. “We’re going to see some speed and it’ll still be a good matchup for us. I’d like to see how we line up against them. We like the challenge.”
Kickoff in Woodsboro is set for Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.