A defensive struggle throughout, the Eagles struck first on a 65-yard punt return by Casey Jones in the first quarter. A pass from John Grayson to Austin Vangunda was good for the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Eagle lead.
In the second quarter, Kenedy had a short field after forcing Pettus to punt and the Lions scored after a seven-play, 40-yard drive. The conversion failed and the Eagles stayed on top, 8-6.
The Eagles had a chance at the end of the second quarter to put another touchdown on the board thanks to great catches by Derek Walker and Josh Ruiz, but time ran out before they could score.
Defense was the name of the game in the third stanza with neither team scoring. Good punts by Josh Graham kept the Lions in check until the fourth quarter. Following an interception, the Lions scored with the help of a short field again, making the contest Kenedy 14, Pettus 8.
With three minutes left, the Eagles were able to move the ball down the field but came up a yard short on fourth and nine.
“The receiving crew of Walker, Jones, Ruiz, Stayton Lindeman, Chris Guererro and Mauricio Rangel really stepped up and shined, making great catches and getting yards after the catch,” said coach Doug Moczygemba.
The JV Eagles played in Three Rivers on Thursday night.
Next week the young Eagles will be in Ben Bolt to battle the Badgers.