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A Season to Remember – Wildcats 2015

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Going into the season, things didn?t look like another undefeated season was in the mix. Kennedale in 2014 had gone undefeated in regular season and 12-1 overall, something never done in Kennedale football history. {{more}}

But, that history making team graduated 7 of 8 All-State players, 14 of 18 all-district players and the entire offensive backfield including Juwan Washington who in his 3 years as premier running back put up unbelievable numbers, finishing with 6,780 career yards and 104 touchdowns (46 his senior year).

The 2015 starting backfield had rushed for 193 yards in 2014 ?

The Wildcats started this year with 1 defensive returner with 9 of 11 starters either sophomores or juniors (heavy on sophomores) and the offense featured a brand new backfield with a quarterback who had never taken a snap.

Quardraiz Wadley in 2015 had 2,511 yards and 45 touchdowns

New quarterback Kaiser McGlothen as a running back in 2014 had 13 carries for 84 yards. Running back Dailyn Wells had 6 carries for 24 yards while Quardraiz Wadley had 85 yards on 6 carries in the 2014 season. On the defensive side of the ball, Baron Browning (Jr) who was rated as one of the top 2017 linebackers in the nation was playing but he had only played in one game last year, before sitting out the rest of the season due to an injury.
Somebody forgot to tell the 2015 Wildcats ?
Coaches had that wishful look in their eyes when asked about the chances for the ?15 Cats, Muttering something about how this was going to a good year, they walked off with fingers crossed. This had the look and the feel of a (in a whisper) ?rebuilding year.? Someone just forgot to the Wildcats.

Dailyn Wells in 2015 had 1,708 yards

and 23 touchdowns

By the numbers ?
  • 2014: record 12-1, #4 state rank. 2015: record 12-4, #4 state rank.
  • 2014: total offensive yards 5, 948, 425.6 yards per game, 97 touchdowns and 52.7 points per game. 2015: total yards 6,301, 484.7 per game, 106 touchdowns and 56.8 points per game.
  • 2014 total all-purpose yards (includes all return yards) 6,634 yards. 2015 total all-purpose yards 7,454 yards.
  • 2014 defense recorded 950 tackles with 100 for losses, 1 blocked punt, 3 blocked FG, 5 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries and 3 defensive touchdowns. 2015 defense recorded 968 tackles with 100 for losses, 5 blocked punts, 2 blocked FG, 10 interceptions, 23 fumble recoveries and 7 defensive touchdowns.
2015 strengths

Clearing the field, they don?t

get much bigger than this ? Wildcat O-Line

  • Offensive line anchored by 2014 1st team all-district offensive tackle Johnny Zielinski (Sr) and 2014 all-state guard Andrew Flanagan (So) along with Matt Naugle (Sr), Brett Bostad (So), Nic Stroud (Jr), Isaiah Butler (So) and Tyler Alphin (Jr). Note: as you read the stats on the following runners including those in back up roles notice that they all exceed 6 yards per carry. What do they all have in common? The Kennedale O-Line.
  • Offensive backfield featuring running back Quardraiz Wadley (Sr) with 2,511 yards at 11.2 per carry and 45 touchdowns; Dailyn Wells (Sr) 1,708 yards at 12.8 and 23 touchdowns; and, Kasier McGlothen (Sr) 746 yards rushing at 7.8 yards and 6 touchdowns plus 168 yards passing (6/12) and 2 touchdowns.
Young, aggressive and in

your face ? 2015 Wildcat D

  • Defense was young but aggressive and opportunistic. Ector Rivera (So) led in total tackles with 131 (7 for losses) with 1 interception, caused 2 fumbles and blocked one field goal. Michael Landers (Jr) recorded 126 tackles (21 for losses) with 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries, caused 4 fumbles and blocked on punt and one field goal and scored 1 defensive touchdown. Devan Mason (So) had 83 tackles (4 for losses), 2 interceptions, 6 successful pass defenses, 1 fumble recovery, caused 1 fumble and scored 1 defensive touchdown. Baron Browning (Jr) had 74 tackles (5 for losses), with 1 sack, 1 interception, 4 successful pass defense, 2 fumble recoveries, caused 3 and blocked 2 punts and scored 2 defensive touchdowns. Dustin Masner (Sr) recorded 71 tackles (7 for losses) with 1 sack, 3 fumbles recovered and caused 2 fumbles. Aaron Williams (Jr) had 70 tackles (9 for losses), 2 fumble recoveries, caused 1 fumble and recorded 1 defensive touchdown. Larry Brooks (So) had 54 tackles (5 for losses), 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 5 successful pass defense, 1 fumble recovered and 1 defensive touchdown. Stephone Jackson (Jr) recorded 52 tackles (10 for losses), 1 sack, recovered 1 fumble, blocked 1 punt and scored 1 safety. Gjemar Daniels (Jr) had 49 tackles (9 for losses), recovered 1 fumble and caused 8. Colton Hall (Jr) had 41 tackles (7 for losses). Jaden Knowles (So) recorded 40 tackles (6 for losses), 2 sacks, 1 interception, recovered 1 fumble, caused 1 fumble and blocked 1 punt. Darious Sanders (Jr) 26 tackles (1 for loss) and one fumble recovery.

  • Kicking game ? extra points and kick-offs, Jace Zeller (Sr) moved up from JV to take over the role, scoring 87 points on 81 extra points (89 attempts) and 2 field goals (2 atts), 92 kickoffs for 4,849 yards, 52.7 average with 20 touchbacks.
  • Special nods goes to freshman De?shaun Kirven who came in to replace an injured Quardraiz Wadley and rushed for 289 yard averaged 9.3 yards per carry and scored 7 touchdowns. Defensive back, Jaden

    Knowles, who picked up 426 yards as reserve RB, averaging 8.2 per carry and

    scored 9 touchdowns. RB Darren Hull (Jr) while playing in a backup rolled up 271 yards at 6.2 average and scored 5

    touchdowns. And, Cody Gillespie (Jr) running behind Dailyn Wells averaged 6.8 yards

    per attempt on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns.

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