“We’ve been playing well,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We had confidence going into the game, the kids stepped in and executed. We played very well on both sides of the ball.”
Both teams scored once in the first quarter. The Lions scored first, with 9:36 on the clock, on an 8-yard run by Cedric Mejia. Dominic Cruz and Jacob Asebedo connected for the two-point conversion to put the Kenedy lead at 8-0. The Bulldogs countered with 4:34 to go in the quarter on a 5-yard run by Robert Moreno, though the failed conversion left the score at 8-6 after the first quarter of play.
The Bulldogs took their only lead of the game at the 8:13 mark of the second quarter on a 16-yard run by Paul Almendarez, though the failed conversion left the score at 12-8. The Lions roared back on the ensuing kickoff as Seferino Villarreal took it 85 yards and into the end zone, taking just 19 seconds off the game clock. The extra point by Jordan Valdez put the Lions’ lead at 15-12. Kenedy added the final score of the second quarter with 3:10 to go on a 4-yard run by Cruz. Valdez’s kick put the Lions’ lead at 22-12 at the halftime break.
Both teams scored once in the third quarter. Kenedy’s score came at the 5:50 mark on another 4-yard run by Cruz, with another PAT by Valdez extending the Lions’ lead to 29-12. The Bulldogs responded with 2:26 to go in the third quarter as Hagen Johnston punched it in on a 2-yard run, with Johnston passing to Robert Moreno for the two-point conversion to put the score at 29-20.
The lone score of the fourth quarter put the game in hand for Kenedy, as Cruz scored on an 8-yard run. Despite the PAT missing the mark, the score stood at 35-20 in Kenedy’s favor.
Statistically, the Lions gained 332 yards of total offense, with 268 yards rushing over 47 carries and 64 yards passing over six completions. The Bulldogs, by comparison, were held to 195 yards of total offense, with 188 yards rushing over 36 carries and seven yards passing over two completions. In terms of penalties, the Lions were flagged seven times for 70 total yards and the Bulldogs were called 10 times for 80 total yards.
“All three parts played a part of the game plan,” said Havron. “The weather was kind of terrible, but the offensive line dominated and we ran the clock.”
This week, the Lions will travel to Ganado to take on the Indians.
“It’s another challenge,” said Havron. “Our goal is to get better each week. We’re in control of our playoff destiny if we win one of the next two.”
Kickoff in Ganado is set for Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.