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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Rough start to the season as Cats lose 35-21 to Decatur

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The Wildcats of Kennedale and the Eagles from Decatur have met up 4 times in the past 20 years. Decatur won the first meeting 7-0 back in 2000. Kennedale won the last three by decisive numbers, at least, until Friday night. {{more: continue …}}
Decatur dominated the game, striking three times in the first half to take a 21-0 lead and then 35-7 going into the 4th. Kennedale scored twice in the 4th with pride saving scores.
Game stats …?
  • Total yards – Kennedale 176, Decatur 433
  • Rushing – Kennedale 114, Decatur 156 yards?
  • Passing ? Kennedale 2-6 for 62 yds & 1 TD, Decatur 15-23 for 277 yds & 2 TDs?
  • Penalties ? Kennedale7-76 yds, Decatur 8-81 yds?
  • Turnovers – Kennedale 1 Fumble, Decatur 1 Fumble??
  • Rushing leader -? Kennedale ? Ryan Williams 53 yds (4.42 yd/av); Decatur – Gunner Ragsdale 85 yds (5.67 yd/av),?
  • Receiving – Kennedale ? Ife Adeyemi 66 yds (66 yd/av), Decatur ? David Juarez 89 yds (27 yd/av)
Scoring …?
  • Q2: Decatur – A.J. Martinez 5 yd run, Chris Gross kick (11:52), David Juarez 81 yd reception, Gross kick (7:55), Gunner Ragsdale 1 yd run, Gross kick (0:11).
  • Q3: Kennedale – Cameron Hynson 1 yd run, Aidan Birr kick (8;33); Decatur – Layton Harris 16 yd reception, Gross kick (6:26), Gunner Ragsdale 8 yd run, Gross kick (5:41)
  • Q4: Kennedale – Ife Adeyemi 66 yd reception/Seth Paroulek, Birr kick (4:17); Ryan Williams 2 yd run, Birr kick (0:14).


For Decatur, this game was building on the success that the team had late last season. That season the Eagles became one of the few programs to enter the playoffs with a losing record and then went on to come within one game of the state finals.
For Kennedale this was a building game. For the coaching staff, including Head Coach Richard Barrett, who all believe in the potential of this team, it just proved that it was going to take time for this young team and more game experience. This was the Wildcats? scrimmage game that they did not get to play just before the season opener. It wasn?t pretty but it did give the players and the coaches a place to start.
Last time was 6 six years ago …?
Kennedale has not lost an opening game since the 2013 season when the lost to Crowley. That year the Wildcats went 1-4 in their first 5 games before going on a 5-0 run in district and finishing two deep in the playoffs.

Kennedale will play their next two games at home. The first is this coming Friday night, September 6th when the Cats host Midlothian Heritage followed by Alvarado on September 13th. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.

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