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Friday, July 1, 2022

In the Battle of Offenses Part II, Crowley wins 42-41

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In a repeat of last year, Crowley and Kennedale proved Friday night that they were ready offensively. If you got up to get a drink and nachos you missed at least one score if not two. The two teams combined for almost 1000 yards of offense. There was enough for everyone to cheer for and then some.
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Crowley scored first in an otherwise slow first quarter on a 19 yard run by Dalonso Freeman who would go on the to rush for 316 yards in the game. Both teams came out charged up in the second quarter with each scoring two touchdowns ending the first half with Crowley on top at 21-14. {{more}} ?Kennedale’s Juwan Washington scored both touchdowns in the quarter on 1 yarder and then a 62 dash to the end zone. ?Washington (Jr) would end the game with 242 yard rushing and four touchdowns and 383 all purpose yards.
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The second quarter had proved that Kennedale could score. And the Cats emphasized the point immediately in the opening seconds of the second half. ?With an “in your face” 99 yard runback of the kick-off by Washington, Kennedale tied the game.
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Crowley who ended the game with a total of 569 yards plowed down the field to score and to take back lead. The Wildcats answered with Juwan Washington doing what he does best, breaking into the open from the Kennedale 20 yard line and darting for 80 yards and another game lead for Kennedale. However, the Cats lost a crucial point in this “tit for tat” game when the extra point attempt was blocked. Kennedale was now down one.
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This was not the end of the third quarter though. Crowley would score once again on a Matt Marner 4 yard run. Matt Marner (Sr), Crowley quarterback, would finish with 2 rushing touchdown and 88 yards and 1 passing touchdown and 96 passing yards.
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But Kennedale wasn’t ?finished and scored its third touchdown of the 3rd quarter with a scamper by the Cats? quarterback Bradon Hull of 67 yards. ?Hull (Sr) finished the game ?2 for 3 in passing attempts for 17 yards and 1 touchdown and 83 rushing yards with 1 touchdown. Trying to make up for the lost extra point on the last touchdown, the Wildcat coaching staff elected to go for two. The gamble made sense as Kennedale was averaging over 8 yards per play. Kennedale?s two point conversion attempt failed however. The third quarter came to a close with Crowley holding on to the lead by two, 35-33.
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The fourth quarter was slower but Kennedale punched it over one more time on a 4 yard run by Donny Darville late in the game. Darville (Sr) ended the game with 1 touchdown and 81 yards on 18 carries. Kennedale?s two point conversion was successful and Kennedale had the lead for the first time at 41-35.
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The Cats tried mightily to keep the lead but Crowley’s potent offense wasn’t going to be contained. Marner got Crowley on the board one last time with a 16 yard run with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Crowley led 42-41.
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Kennedale did have a chance and in this type of offensive game everyone knew anything was possible. With the Kennedale believers holding their breath, the Wildcats drove the ball down the field to the 17 yard line of Crowley. ?With only a few seconds remaining and facing a third down it was decision time for Kennedale – gamble and hope to get closer or try a 34 yarder. Kennedale elected to try the field goal and with no time remaining the kick fell short. The Kennedale faithful slowly exhaled. Crowley had gotten their revenge for last year’s game loss when they fell to the Wildcats 42-38.
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Defensively, the Cats had several players with double digit tackles. ?Robert White (So) led the team with 14 followed by Blake Ingram (Jr) with 12.? Hunter McGahan (Sr) scored 9 stops. ?Jose Payne (Sr) had 8. Nathan Brown (Sr) recorded one sack.
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There is no guarantee of a game 3 in this series but if there is, it will be more than worth the price of admission.

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