“It’s been a little bit good and a little bit of luck and staying healthy,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We got the monkey off our backs. They came to play and we went out and executed.”
The Badgers drew first blood in the contest as, with 10:51 to go in the first quarter, Ryan Galvan connected with Nick Gonzalez for a 70-yard score, though the failed PAT left BB-PB with a 6-0 lead. The Lions got on the scoreboard just 43 seconds later as Seferino Villarreal scored on a 62-yard run, with Jordan Valdez kicking the extra point to give Kenedy the lead at 7-6. The Lions scored once more to end the first quarter as, at the 2:25 mark, Dominic Cruz scored on a 19-yard run for his first rushing touchdown of the game. The kick failed, leading the score at 13-6 after a quarter of play.
In the second quarter, the Lions scored in droves. At the 7:19 mark, Cruz scored his second rushing touchdown of the game with a 6-yard run. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Kenedy’s lead at 19-6. The Badgers cut into the lead with 6:55 on the clock as Galvan connected with Gonzalez once more, this time for a 69-yard passing score. The two-point conversion was no good, leaving the score at 19-12. After that, the Lions took complete control of the contest. At the 3:13 mark, Villarreal scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, this time from eight yards out. Valdez kicked the PAT to extend Kenedy’s lead to 26-12. On the ensuing BB-PB possession, just 35 seconds later, Jacob Asebedo intercepted Galvan’s pass attempt and took it 70 yards and into the end zone for the pick-six. Valdez added the PAT to extend the Lions’ lead to 33-12. The final score of the first half came with 22 seconds left as Cedric Mejia scored his first rushing touchdown of the contest, on a lengthy, 94-yard run. Valdez’s extra point put Kenedy’s lead at a commanding 40-12 at halftime.
“We were almost in shock at halftime at the score,” said Havron. “It was nice to cruise in the second half.”
The lone score of the third quarter came just 23 seconds into it as Mejia scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 74-yard run, with Valdez’s kick extending Kenedy’s lead to 47-12. The Lions scored twice more in the fourth quarter. The first of these came at the 10:46 mark as Villarreal scored his second rushing touchdown of the contest and third overall on a 35-yard run. Despite the missed PAT, the Lions held a commanding 53-12 lead. The second of these scores and the final score of the game came with 6:31 to play as Mejia punched it in from six yards out for this third rushing touchdown of the context, with Valdez kicking the extra point to put the final tally at 60-12.
Statistically, the Lions gained 625 yards of total offense, with 556 yards rushing over 48 carries and 69 yards passing over four completions. The Badgers, by comparison, gained 257 yards of total offense, with 35 yards rushing over 22 carries and 222 yards passing over 15 completions. Penalty wise, the Lions were flagged eight times for 80 total yards and the Badgers were flagged four times for 35 total yards.
This week, the Lions will face the Thorndale Bulldogs in the Area round. Thorndale, by way of winning their district, had a first-round Bye. The game will take place at Unicorn Stadium in New Braunfels and Kenedy will be the designated Home team for the contest.
“They do a lot of the things we do offensively and defensively,” said Havron. “Playing the teams we play, we’re used to competing against good teams. It’ll be a challenge and we’re happy to be on the field with them.”
Kickoff in New Braunfels is set for Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.