PETTUS – The Kenedy Lions were on fire from the get-go Friday night, as they used a strong defensive effort to take down the Pettus Eagles with a 54-14 rout.
Kenedy moved to 2-1 overall on the young season, while Pettus remains winless at 0-3.
Lions head coach Shawn Alvarez said, “This was our best showing yet. Our team played lights out from the get go, and never let Pettus have much of a chance.”
Three minutes into the game, J’ren Salais kicked off Kenedy’s scoring frenzy, with an 11-yard rushing touchdown. Just a couple of minutes later, around the 7:00 mark, Salais caught a 10-yard pass from Jaydin Chapa to put the Lions up 12-0 at that point. Pettus countered just before the end of the first quarter to cut Kenedy’s lead to 12-7.
In the second quarter, the Lions kept the momentum going with two touchdowns and two successful conversions. Salais scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown around the 9:00 mark, with Nahjel Felix-Gely running in the conversion. Salais then scored with two minutes to go, with a six-yard run for his third rushing touchdown and fourth total. Chapa ran in the ensuing conversion to put Kenedy up 28-7. Pettus then rallied for one last touchdown and PAT to end the half at 28-14.
Just a few minutes into the third quarter, Kenedy added on to their lead with Felix-Gely scoring on a 20-yard run, followed by his own conversion run. Halfway through the third frame, Salais score his fourth rushing touchdown, with a 60-yard run. Following a fumble recovery on Pettus’ ensuing possession, Felix-Gely scored on a 10-yard run, extending the lead to 48-14 to end the third quarter.
The final frame’s lone touchdown happened with just five minutes left as Salais scored his fifth rushing touchdown, on a 38-yard run.
With over 400 total offensive yards, according to Alvarez, he said the Lions are finding out more of their team’s identity on that side of the ball.
This week, the Lions return to the “Pride Lands” for Homecoming night as they welcome the 0-3 Runge Yellowjackets to town for a cross-county showdown.
“Coach (Abe) Vargas has done a great job over there,” Alvarez said. “We’ve got to focus on what’s on the field, and focus on ourselves. It’s going to be a crazy week with Homecoming and all of that. I know the fans from both schools will show up, so they better get here early.”
According to Kenedy ISD’s social media channels, News 4 San Antonio (WOAI-TV) will bring their “Kiolbassa Tailgate Party” to Lions Field before the game on Friday, Sept. 20. WOAI will record and broadcast live footage during their 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts, as well as footage from the game for their 10 p.m. newscast.
The game itself kicks off at 7 p.m.