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Lions taken down by Ganado, 41-0
by James Ratcliff
Nov 01, 2012 | 705 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kennedy’s Weston Hallmark kicks off for the Lions in Friday night’s game against Ganado.
Kennedy’s Weston Hallmark kicks off for the Lions in Friday night’s game against Ganado.
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KENEDY – Riding a wave of momentum after defeating Three Rivers, the Kenedy Lions faced the Ganado Indians for their annual Parents’ Night game on Friday night. Unfortunately for Kenedy, the Indians had other plans as they utilized their smash-mouth style of offense to hand the Lions a 41-0 loss. Despite the loss, the Lions remain in playoff contention with just one game left to play in District 15-1A Division I.

“We knew it would be a tough game,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We control our own destiny though.”

The Indians scored three times in the first quarter. The first score came with 7:32 on the clock as Billy Jones scored on a 1-yard run, with John Martinez kicking the PAT. Martinez went 5 for 6 on PAT attempts, only missing the final try of the game. The second score took place at the 4:46 mark from a 40-yard run by Ray Salazar. The last score of the quarter came with 24 seconds to go as Jones scored on a 77-yard run to put the Ganado lead at 21-0.

The second quarter’s lone score came with 1:38 to go as Kyle Sparkman caught a pass from Salazar for the 20-yard score, putting the Indians’ lead at 28-0 at the halftime break. Ganado’s final scores of the game came in the third quarter and came from Ken Kocian, as he scored on 2-yard and 21-yard runs to put the final tally at 41-0.

Statistically, the Lions gained 91 yards of total offense, with 38 yards rushing over 18 carries and 53 yards passing over seven completions. The Indians, by comparison, gained 502 yards of total offense, with 447 yards rushing over 52 carries and 55 yards passing over three completions. In terms of penalties, the Lions were flagged seven times for 50 total yards and the Indians were flagged three times for 35 total yards.

“We’ll rebound,” said Havron. “We’re always optimistic and the kids respond well after a loss. We knew being in this district that it would be a battle for third.”

This week, the Lions will have their regular season finale as they travel to Yorktown to face the Wildcats. In recent years, the Lions and Wildcats have been no strangers to each other, trading victories in the regular season and postseason.

“It’s just a matter of us executing,” said Havron. “We match up better with Yorktown. It’ll be a war. We’re very familiar with each other.”

Kickoff in Yorktown is set for Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.
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