By night’s end, it was perfectly clear who would have that 2-1 record as the Lions put their balanced offense and aggressive defense to use to defeat the Yellow Jackets 49-7.
“We worked on it all week, trying to get balanced and have more kids touch the ball and get more involved on offense,” said Kenedy Head Coach Lin Havron.
Despite the score being in Kenedy’s favor, it was Runge who got the first strike. With 7:46 left in the 1st quarter, junior quarterback Rob Molina and freshman running back Marvin Yanta connected on a 12-yard pass for the Yellow Jackets’ only score and lead of the game, with Molina adding the extra point as well.
“We started off the game ok with the lead,” said Runge Head Coach Ken Wallace. “Then, Kenedy just steamrolled from there.”
The rout began with 5:22 still left in the 1st quarter, as junior quarterback Rolie Zepeda found some space and took it to the house on a 39-yard run. Junior receiver Weston Hallmark added the extra point and went a perfect 7 for 7 on PAT attempts for the game.
The final score of the 1st quarter came with 3:20 to go as Zepeda and senior receiver Tristan Mejia teamed up for a 26-yard score through the air.
The Lions would continue their first half scoring in the 2nd quarter on the legs of senior running back Sammy Martinez scoring from 5 yards away at 5:53 to go and again with 2:19 until halftime from 4 yards out, giving the Lions a 28-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Lions continued to dominate up front and kept victory well within their grasp. With 10:43 on the clock in the 3rd quarter, running back Jon Asebedo punched the ball into the end zone for a 1-yard rushing touchdown.
Later in the quarter, at the 3:41 mark, Martinez would score his third and final touchdown of the game on a 47-yard run.
The Lions’ final touchdown of the game came with 10:19 left in the 4th quarter as junior running back Jared Weatherly ran in for a 10-yard score, sealing the game for the Lions.
Statistically, the Lions ended the game with 365 yards of total offense, with 270 rushing and 95 passing.
The Yellow Jackets would gain 46 yards of total offense, with 25 rushing and 21 passing.
Both coaches summed up the statistics as a matter of experience.
“We had more experience,” said Havron. “I was real pleased with our execution.”
“We’re still young and trying to find the right kids for the right spots,” said Wallace.
This week the Lions will welcome the Three Rivers Bulldogs to Kenedy.
“They’ll put some points on the board and they’re physical,” said Havron about the Bulldogs. “We’ve got to match that physicality.”
As for the Yellow Jackets, they will travel to Center Point to face the Pirates.
“We feel like it’s on our level,” said Wallace about his team’s match-up with Center Point. “We’re treating it like a playoff game. We’re gonna find out who can execute and find the right style.” Kickoff for both games is set for Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m.