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Comanches eliminate Lions, 35-6
by James Ratcliff
Nov 17, 2011 | 342 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kenedy senior Emilio Mendoza carries the ball for the Lions while senior Sammy Martinez blocks for him during the first round playoff game against Shiner in Floresville, Thursday night.
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FLORESVILLE – In the Bi-District round of the Class 1A Division I playoffs, the Kenedy Lions and the Shiner Comanches met on Thursday night to determine who would face Brackett in the Area round. The Comanches, with their option attack and defense, held the Lions to a scoreless first half and handed Kenedy a 35-6 defeat. With the loss the Lions’ season has come to a close, finishing 6-5 overall. “We did a good job stopping the run, they beat us with passes,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We had three interceptions in the first half and that was the difference.”

In the first half, the Comanches scored thrice. The first came with 3:33 to go in the first quarter as sophomore quarterback Jacob Stafford punched it in on a 1-yard run with senior Lucian Blaschke kicking the extra point. Blaschke was a perfect 5 for 5 on extra point attempts during the contest. The second score came 1:15 on the clock as junior running back Caleb Curtis scored from 11 yards away and the third came through the air with 2:34 left in the second quarter as Stafford connected with sophomore tight end Caleb Kalich on a 12 yard score to extend the lead to 21-0 at halftime. In the second half, the Comanches tried to kill as much time as possible in order to claim victory. With 7:09 left in the third quarter, junior running back Evel Jones caught Stafford’s pass for a 26-yard score. The Lions averted the shutout with 18 seconds to go in the third quarter as junior quarterback Rolie Zepeda connected with senior receiver Tristan Mejia from 5 yards away, though the extra point attempt was blocked by the Comanches. Shiner put the game under wraps with 2:38 to go in the fourth quarter as Jones broke through the defense for a 29-yard rushing touchdown to put the final score at 35-6.

Statistically, the Lions gained 123 yards of total offense, with 30 rushing over 16 attempts and 93 passing over 31 attempts. The Comanches, by comparison, gained 321 yards of total offense with 240 rushing over 56 attempts and 81 passing over 9 attempts. In terms of penalties, the Comanches were flagged thrice for 25 total yards and the Lions were flagged 4 times for 40 total yards. “We came out and played as good as we could play defensively,” said Havron.

Despite the loss, the Lions finish the season with a winning record of 6-5 for the first time in many years. “It’s a surprise for us to have a winning record,” said Havron “The seniors and juniors steeped up and we got a lot better defensively. Our defense made big strides on how we want to play. Hopefully we can make another run at the district championship in the future.”
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