“We played our tails off, I’m proud of the kids,” said Kenedy head coach Lin Havron. “We had some injuries really early and had every reason just to fold up, but we fought. We made it to the fourth quarter only down a touchdown and kept fighting but they wore us out. It was a good game for us and good for our confidence to just hang around.”
Shiner drew first blood in the contest at the 10:22 mark in the first quarter as Marcus Coleman scored on a 55-yard run, with Hunter Mraz kicking the PAT. Kenedy responded with 6:35 on the clock as Jacob Asebedo recovered a fumble and returned it 31 yards for the score, though the failed conversion left the score in Shiner’s favor at 7-6. The Comanches countered just 15 seconds later with a 63-yard rushing score by Chad Neubauer. The ensuing kick failed, putting the score at 13-6. The Lions roared right back with 2:14 to go in the quarter as Dominic Cruz connected with Jacob Asebedo on an 11-yard passing score, though the missed extra point left the score at 13-12 after a quarter of play. The Lions took the lead with 3:50 to go in the second quarter as Cruz connected with Asebedo once more, this time on a 23-yard passing score, though the failed conversion left the score at 18-13. The Comanches responded with the last score of the first half, with 2:08 on the clock, as Coleman scored on a 38-yard run. The failed conversion left Shiner’s lead at 19-18 at halftime.
Unfortunately for the Lions, it was all Comanches in the second half. The third quarter’s lone score came at the 8:46 mark as Jacob Stafford scored on a 37-yard run, with Mraz adding the PAT to put Shiner’s lead at 26-18. The Comanches scored twice in the fourth quarter and seal the Lions’ fate. The first came at the 5:30 mark as Stafford connected with Dadrian Taylor on a 24-yard passing score, with the kick missing the mark. The second came with 2:50 to play as Stafford returned a Kenedy interception 57 yards for the touchdown, and Mraz’s PAT putting the final tally at 39-18.
Statistically, the Lions gained 167 yards of total offense, with 48 yards rushing over 24 carries and 119 yards passing over 14 completions. The Comanches, by comparison, gained 463 yards of total offense, with 439 yards rushing over 43 carries and one 24-yard passing completion. Penalty wise, the Lions were flagged three times for 20 total yards and the Comanches were called six times for 60 total yards.
“We’re probably not going to play our JV game this week and treat this game as a playoff game,” said Havron. “It’s time to grow up here, move everybody up and see what we can do.”
This week, the Lions will host the Three Rivers Bulldogs for their Pink-Out game.
“It’ll be the same type of battle with them like last year,” said Havron. “They got a district win under the belt and we’re fighting to do the same and give ourselves a chance, so it should be a good game.”
Kickoff in Kenedy is set for Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.