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Lions fall to Thorndale, 60-7
by James Ratcliff
Nov 28, 2013 | 24 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Kenedy’s Cedric Mejia dodges the Thorndale defense Friday night in New Braunfels.
Joe Baker photo Kenedy’s Cedric Mejia dodges the Thorndale defense Friday night in New Braunfels.
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Kenedy’s Graham Lawrence closes in on the Thorndale runner during Friday night’s area championship game.
Joe Baker photo Kenedy’s Graham Lawrence closes in on the Thorndale runner during Friday night’s area championship game.
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NEW BRAUNFELS – After defeating Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco for their first playoff win since 1998, the Kenedy Lions faced off against the Thorndale Bulldogs in the Class 1A Division I Area round on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Lions, their playoff run came to an end as the Bulldogs handed Kenedy a 60-7 loss. The loss gives Kenedy a 5-5 overall record and the title of Area Finalists.

“It was nice to avoid the shutout. The weather was a huge factor for us. They got a few breaks and scored into the wind. It was like going into a brick wall after that.”

The Bulldogs scored six touchdowns in the first half to lead 39-0 at halftime. After Thorndale scored their final 21 points, the Lions broke the shutout bid. Cedric Mejia scored on an 8-yard run with less than six minutes left to play in the game, with Jordan Valdez kicking the PAT to put the final tally at 60-7.

Statistically, the Lions gained 217 yards of total offense, with 114 yards rushing and 103 yards passing. Thorndale, by comparison, gained 407 yards of total offense, with 213 yards rushing and 194 yards passing. Penalty wise, the Lions were flagged nine times for 85 total yards and the Bulldogs were called six times for 40 total yards.

Despite the loss bringing their season to a close, Havron said he is proud of the Lions’ efforts this season.

“It’s exciting for our program,” said Havron. “It shows we built something since we’ve been here. I really didn’t have a lot of high expectations for this team. They overachieved, rose to the challenge and proved everyone wrong. We’re excited about having everybody coming back next year.”

Though the football season is over, Havron said the momentum will help going forward with the rest of the school year.

“Our goal is to get the other teams in the playoffs,” said Havron. “I know we’ll be competitive. We’re going to take this success and try to push this program forward.”
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