“I’m just happy we got to play,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “It was a close game. The game could have gone either way and it was a fun game.”
Junction drew first blood in the contest with 15 seconds left in the first quarter on a 5-yard run by Justus Young, though the missed extra point left the score at 6-0.
The Lions roared back in the second quarter with three unanswered touchdowns. The first came at the 9:28 mark on a 3-yard run by Dominic Cruz, with Jordan Valdez adding the extra point to give Kenedy the 7-6 edge. The second came with 5:59 on the clock on a 44-yard run by Cruz with another PAT by Valdez. The third score of the second quarter, and final score before halftime, came with 1:58 left as Cruz connected with Jacob Asebedo on a 10-yard passing score, though the missed PAT left the score at 20-6 at the halftime break.
The Lions scored their final touchdown of the contest with 10:36 left in the third quarter as Cruz connected with Seferino Villarreal on a 69-yard passing touchdown, but another missed extra point left the lead at 26-6.
Unfortunately for Kenedy, the Eagles scored three unanswered touchdowns of their own, starting with a 5-yard run by Austin Rivas and the extra point by Clay Dennis with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, it was all Eagles as Danny Perez scored with 9:19 on the clock with a 5-yard run and Dennis kicked the PAT. Junction retook the lead with 4:58 to go on a 12-yard run by Rivas with Dennis’ extra point giving the Eagles the 27-26 edge. The Lions attempted a comeback, but the Eagles defense held their ground as time expired.
Statistically, the Lions gained 335 yards of total offense, with 196 yards rushing over 38 carries and 139 yards passing over nine completions. The Eagles, by comparison, gained 313 yards of total offense, with 301 yards rushing over 48 carries and one passing completion for 12 yards. In terms of penalties, both teams committed five penalties with the Lions giving up 35 total yards and the Eagles giving up 55 total yards.
“They were relentless and they wore us down with their style of offense,” said Havron about Junction.
This week, the Lions will close out non-district as they host the San Antonio Hawkins Wolfpack.
“We’re just looking to get back in the win column,” said Havron. They have improved and they have speed. We just have to keep playing, keep improving and stay healthy.”
Kickoff in Kenedy is set for Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.