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Pojos can?t stop the Kennedale as Cats roll 70-13

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Cats vs Diamond Hill tonight Farrington field 7 p.m.

In things to come, Kennedale (6-0, 1-0) steamed rolled to their first district win over the Springtown Porcupines (1-5, 1-0) Friday night 70-13. {{more: continue …}}

Kennedale defense closed Springtown

down after two early TDs. Shown in photo #82 Carrington Roblow, #22 JD Coffey, #26

Jalen Myers, #44 Mayfield Hayes and #7 Ector Rivera

Photo:Staci Otts

The Cats scored 28 in the Q1, 14 in Q2, 21 in Q3 and 7 in Q4. The Wildcats chalked up 615 yards to 232 for the Pojos, rushing for 531 at 12.95 per carry and passed for another 84 yards (7-12-0). Six different Wildcats scored. It was complete.

DJ Kirven (l) broke for a 75 yard TD while Jaden Knowles (r) had one for 72 yards as

both went over 100 yards for the game (Photo:Staci Otts)

Defensive MVP of the Springtown game was Avion Jenkins with 2 tackles for loss, 2 force fumbles and 1 blocked kick.

Defensive plays included #15 Devan

Mason (l) who blocked a kick and returned it for TD and #64 Ricardo Pena (r) who

had two sacks for losses (Photo:Staci


Springtown has struggled through a tough early schedule losing against Decatur (3-3), Stephenville (4-2), 5A Granbury (4-2) and Vernon (3-3) while getting their lone win against Gainesville (3-3) 54-17. Springtown faces another uphill battle against district foe Mineral Wells Friday night. Kennedale, Mineral Wells and Springtown were predicted to finish in that order in District 5/4A. Mineral Wells defeated Lake Worth Friday night 43-6 to move to 1-0 in district play.

Evan Jowers passed for 84 yards

including to Jaden Smith (l) and David Roper (r) (Photo:Staci Otts)

Tonight the Wildcats will face Diamond Hill-Jarvis (0-6, 0-1) at 7 p.m. at Fort Worth’s Farrington Field off of University Drive and next to the Arts District.
Stats from last year to this … (unofficial)
  • D.J. Kirven (Jr) had 208 rushing yards in the Springtown game at 18.91 with 2 touchdowns. He added another 18 yards on 2 receptions and another TD. It was his fourth 100 yard game of the year. He has rushed for 884 yards this year at an average of 9.8 yards per carry and has made 16 touchdowns. He also has 79 yards receiving on 4 receptions and one touchdown. Last year at the time he had 687 yards (missed one complete game due to injury) and had 3 TDs.
  • Jaden Knowles (Sr) had his 5th 100 yard game this season when he rushed for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns on Friday. He is just shy of the 1000 make at 928. He is averaging 12.37 yards per carry and has collected 12 TDs. Last year at this time he had 618 yards and 6 TDs
  • Evan Jowers rushed for 47 yards and 1 TD and passed for 84, going 7-12 and 3 TDs. For the year he has 273 yards on the ground for a 5.63 average. Passing he has gone 20-35-2 for 320 yards and 4 TDs. Last year at this time he had rushed for 206 yards and 2 TDS and passed for 98 yards and 3 TDs with 1 interception.
  • 2017 team stats through six games ? Record (5-1) rushing 2337 (389.5) and 37 TDs, passing 320 yards and 4 TDs total 2657 yards and 41 TDs. Points for 259 (43.2 pg) – Points against 88 (14.7)
  • 2016 team stats through six games ? Record (3-3) Rushing 2,019 yards (336.5 pg) and 16 TDs, Passing 193 and 2 TDs for a total of 2212 yards (368.7) and 18 TDs. Points for 158 (26.33) Points against 144 (24 pg)
Defensive stats (MaxPreps same stats may not reflect the Springtown game)
  • Tackles – (top ten in tackles for the season) Ector Rivera (Sr) with 51 followed by Larry Brooks (Sr) 44, Braelin Brown (Sr) 34, Avion Jenkins (Sr) 33, Devan Mason (Sr) 31, Kade Stephenson (Jr) 31, Jalen Myers (Jr) 28, Mayfield Hayes (Sr) 27, Jamal Marshall (So) 19 and JD Coffey (Fr) 18.
  • Kicking – Kevin Tierro (Sr) is listed with 24 tackles but that is actually the number of touchback (endzone) kickoffs he has had this year. This makes him an integral part of the Kennedale?s defense, making sure there is little chance for long returns and giving the other team the challenge of going the 75 yards for a score. For the year he has had 28 kickoffs for 1660 yards for a 59.3 yard average. Punted 4 times for 191 yards. (Kennedale has only punted 5 times this season) He is 22/23 in extra-point kicks and 3/3 on field goal attempts for a total of 31 points scored. This makes him the third leading scorer on the team.
  • Tackles for loss ? Avion Jenkins (Sr) 9, Ector Rivera (Sr) 6, Jamal Marshall (So) 5, Jalen Myers (Jr) 4, Devan Mason (Sr) 4, Mayfield Hayes (Sr) 7, Ricardo Pena (Sr) 6, Braelin Brown (Sr) 3, Chris Johnson (Sr) 3, Kade Stephenson (Jr) 3, Carrington Roblow (Jr) 3, JD Coffey (Fr) 3, David Roper (Sr) 2, Larry Brooks (Sr) 2, Darrian Scott (Jr) 3.
  • Sacks – Avion Jenkins (Jr) leads with 3. David Roper, Jalen Myers, Jamal Marshall, Braelin Brown each have 2. And Ector Rivera, Carrington Roblow, Darrian Scott, Larry Brooks, JD Coffey, Kad and Spencer Roof (So) have all recorded a sack.
  • Interceptions ? JD Coffey and Larry Brooks each have 3 and Devan Mason has 2.
  • Fumble recoveries ? seven defensive players have been credited with one fumble recovery: Devan Mason, Larry Brooks, Mayfield Hayes, Jalen Myers, Jaden Smith (Jr), Braelin Brown and Jamal Marshall. Avion Jenkins, Darrian Scott and Mayfield Hayes have caused a fumble.
  • Blocked kicks ? Kennedale has blocked 4 kicks in the first six games with two apiece by Devan Mason and Larry Brooks.
Challenge for the Cats in district ?.
As the Cats enter district play, Coach Barrett has two goals to win district and to enter the playoffs injury free. He knows that the players see the win/loss records and know that the district is struggling with the exception of Mineral Wells and Kennedale, the only two teams playing winning ball. So it makes motivation doubly hard. For him and the rest of the coaching staff it trying to convince the players that if they play sloppy for the next four weeks that they can?t expect to be ready for the next level where a lost ends the season for good. And sloppy play increases the chances of injury and an injury this late in the season could very end a player’s season.

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