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Wildcats run by Whitehouse to set up 4A showdown Friday

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#6 Kennedale vs #2 West Orange-Stark this Friday …
It was another dominating game by Kennedale last week in the 56-13 win over 5A Whitehouse. The game was essentially over in the first quarter but Whitehouse did try to keep it interesting. {{more: read more …}}
Whatever game plan the Whitehouse Wildcats had coming into the game, it fell apart after the first 12 minutes.
dominating performance by KCats …
Maybe Whitehouse thought that they could “out offense” Kennedale, but when they dangled the keys in front of Kennedale, that was all the Cats needed. Kennedale more than doubled Whitehouse in total yards, 499 to 233. Kennedale scored eight touchdowns to Whitehouse?s two. Kennedale averaged 9.62 yards per carry to Whitehouse?s 5.65.

The Kennedale offense has racked up

1036 yards in the last two games (photo Staci Otts)

It was also a game of yards, long yards, not of inches. Kennedale had breakaway plays of 54, 37, 27, 32, 64, 18, 27, 40, 23, 14 and 47 yards.
Whitehouse had a couple of big plays, one rushing TD for 57 and a passing TD that covered 76 yards. Whitehouse was also able to do what no other team has done this year by rushing for more than 100 yards. Friday night WH Wildcats rushed for 147 yards and passed for another 86.

But while Whitehouse scored touchdowns on those two big plays, they got no other. The Cats defense sack Whitehouse six times for a total of 55 yards in losses, forced four interceptions and special teams blocked one extra point attempt. Of WH?s 13 possessions, only two lasted more than four plays. Their biggest drive of the night was a 12 play drive that ended with a Kennedale interception at the KD 5 yard line. The WH Wildcats were forced to punt 6 times while turning it over on downs once and on interceptions four times.

The Kennedale defense shut down

Whitehouse after the first quarter with the help of 15 tackles by Ector Rivera and

11 by JD Coffey (r) while Larry Brooks (l) had two of the Cats 4 interceptions (photo

Staci Otts)

On the other hand Kennedale scored on 8 possessions (6-7 on first seven possession), punted twice, turned it over twice on fumbles, and ran out the clock on the 13th and final possession of the game. The Wildcats were also 4 for 4 on fourth down conversions. It wasn?t a perfect game for the Cats with the two fumbles and going just 2 for 9 on 3rd downs, but it more than enough Friday night.
first quarter had the most action …

Kennedale quarterback Evan Jowers

broke loose for 32 yards and a touchdown during the first quarter (photo Staci


The first quarter however gave no indication that this was going to be blowout. It looked to be an exciting game of big plays, beginning with Kennedale?s DJ Kirven running for a 54 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage for the KCats. That was followed by a Whitehouse 57 yard touchdown run on their second possession of the game.

Kennedale was forced to punt on their second possession but got the ball back two plays later on a KCat interception on WH?s third possession. Needing only a yard to score, Kirven walked it over for a Kennedale touchdown and a 14-7 lead. Whitehouse failed to do anything on its 4th possession while the Cats? Kiven popped another one, this time for 37 yards and the Cats? third TD in the quarter, making it a 21-7 game. Whitehouse was not going to go quietly though and with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter Whitehouse scored on a 76 yard pass play to keep them in reach at 21-13 (extra point kick blocked).
Whitehouse gained just 34 yards in 2nd half …
No one would have guessed at that point that Whitehouse would not cross the goal line again that night. In Q2 Whitehouse mounted a serious 12 play drive early in the quarter gaining starting at their 25 yard line getting to the K19 before KCats? Larry Brooks snagged an interception at the K5. Whitehouse would never get a chance like that again.
Whitehouse would only pick up another 84 yards after the first quarter and only 34 in the second half. Kennedale stranglehold was complete.

DJ Kirven (l) ran for 171 yards and 5

TDs while Jaden Knowles ran for 272 yards and 2 TDs (photo Staci Otts)

1 2 3 4 Final
Whitehouse 13 0 0 0 13
Kennedale 21 14 7 14 56

Stat Standouts …

  • DJ Kirven (Jr) 171 total yards 5 TDs; Jaden Knowles 277 total yards 2 TDs (plus 40 yard in KOs); Evan Jowers (Jr) 77 total yards 1 TD. Offensive line ? 495 total yards
  • Ector Rivera (Sr) 15 tckls, 1 sack; JD Coffey (Fr) 11, 1 sack, 1 Int; Kade Stephenson (Jr) 8 tckls; Jalen Myers (Jr) 7 tckls; Avion Jenkins (Sr) 6 tckls, 1 sack; Bralin Brown (Sr) 6 tckls; Mayfield Hayes (Sr) 5; Jamal Marshall (So) 5, 1 sack; Larry Brooks (Sr) 4, 2 Int; Devan Mason (Sr) 1 tckl, 1 sack

Kevin Tiero (Sr) 8-8 extra points, 6 touchback KO

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