Lions lacerate Pirates
by James Ratcliff
Oct 13, 2011 | 858 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENEDY – In their final showdown before their bye week and district competition, the Kenedy Lions looked to make a statement as the Center Point Pirates came to town on Friday night. The Lions did just that, utilizing their balanced mix of running and passing the football to great efficiency to earn a convincing 31-9 victory. “We’re excited,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We didn’t play as crisp as we wanted to but the kids put them away early in the third quarter.”

The first half saw the game remain close. With 8:03 left in the first quarter, the Lions got the first strike as senior receiver Tristan Mejia caught a 7-yard pass from junior quarterback Rolie Zepeda, with senior Weston Hallmark adding the extra point to give the Lions a 7-0 edge after a quarter of play. Hallmark went a perfect 4 for 4 on PAT attempts during the ball game. The Pirates’ lone touchdown of the game came at the 10:18 mark of the second quarter as running back Zach Custer scored on a 40-yard run, with Andes Ibarra’s extra point tying the game up at 7-7. The Lions would retake the lead with 45 seconds left until halftime as Zepeda and Mejia connected again for the score, this time on a 3-yard pass, to give the Lions a 14-7 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Lions never relinquished the lead and scored their remaining points in the third quarter alone. With 7:41 left, Zepeda showed his speed on a 6-yard touchdown run. Later in the quarter, with 5:23 left, Hallmark showed his potential as a kicker by nailing a 35-yard field goal to put the lead at 24-7. The Lions’ final touchdown of the game came once again on the legs of Zepeda as he scored on a 4-yard run with 14 seconds left in the third quarter. The lone score of the fourth quarter came with 5:19 left in the ball game as the Pirates’ defense managed to get a safety, putting the score at 31-9 as time expired.

Statistically, the Lions gained 289 yards of total offense, with 174 rushing and 115 passing. The Pirates, by comparison, gained 191 yards of total offense, with all but 30 coming from their ground game. Penalties were aplenty during the course of the game as the Lions committed 15 penalties for 130 total yards and the Pirates committed 10 penalties for 95 total yards. The glaring stat, however, was turnovers as the Lions managed to grab three interceptions on defense while throwing none in return during the course of the game. “The flags were from hustling and I can take those over just stupid penalties,” said Havron. “The turnovers helped us.”

This week, the Lions will have their Bye week. Their next game will take place at home as the Charlotte Trojans come to town to open District 16-A Division I play. “We need it,” said Havron about the break. “We’re banged up and bruised up. They’re 5-2 as well and they’ll have our full attention. The district’s gonna be a dogfight.” Kickoff in Kenedy is set for Friday, October 21 at 7:30 PM.
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