Lions fall to La Villa, 28-12
by James Ratcliff
Nov 03, 2011 | 311 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LA VILLA – In a District 16-A Division I showdown deep in the Rio Grande Valley, the Kenedy Lions travelled to La Villa to face the Cardinals on Friday night. The Lions, who defeated the Cardinals in their last encounter, looked to continue their winning ways. The Cardinals, by comparison, wanted to have retribution for last year’s loss and got it by taking advantage of their opportunities to hand the Lions a 28-12 loss. “They got momentum at halftime but it was a good game,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We had an opportunity to cut it in half but they scored and put it out of reach.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions drew first blood with 5:04 to go in the second quarter as senior running back Deon Mayberry scored on a 30-yard run, with the PAT being blocked and putting the score at 6-0. The Cardinals countered with 1:10 left as A.J. Garza connected with Noe Castillo on a 16-yard pass with Garza also kicking the extra point to put the score at 7-6 in La Villa’s favor at halftime. In the second half, the Cardinals wrested control away from the Lions. At the 5:45 mark of the third quarter, Ricky Cantu punched it in on a 2-yard run and Garza’s kick found its mark to extend the lead to 14-6. The lead was extended to 22-6 with 3:24 on the clock as Garza hooked up with Tommy Pinales on a 9-yard pass and Garza connected with Castillo on the conversion. The Lions got their last score just three seconds into the fourth quarter as junior quarterback Rolie Zepeda connected with senior receiver Tristan Mejia on a 15-yard score though the two-point conversion failed. The Cardinals put the game out of reach with 6:46 to go as Cantu scored on an 84-yard run. Despite the conversion failing, the score was enough for the Cardinals to make up for last year’s meeting against the Lions.

Statistically, the Lions gained 257 yards of total offense, with 128 rushing over 32 attempts and 129 passing over 15 attempts. The Cardinals, on the other hand, gained 364 yards of total offense, with 268 rushing over 44 attempts and 96 passing over 14 attempts. Penalties were not abundant as the Lions were flagged five times for 40 total yards and the Cardinals only committed one 10-yard penalty during the contest.

This week the Lions will host the Ben Bolt Badgers for Parent’s Night. “If we can beat Ben Bolt it’ll be a three-way tie for first,” said Havron about this game’s implications. “No matter what, we’re still playing for a piece of the district title. We’re looking to rebound from last week.” Kickoff in Kenedy is set for Friday, November 4 at 7:30 PM.
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