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Wildcats shutdown the Porcupines in the 2nd half win 58-28 – play again Thursday night

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In the first half, the Pojo was matching Kennedale score for score. The game was living up to the pregame hype ? both team combined rolled up over 1200 all-purpose yards by the game?s end. At the half it was 28-28 with both teams needing to catch their breath.
As expected, Springtown used the pass game to full effect in the first half with quarterback Landry Turner passing for 4 first half touchdowns {{more}}(Dillon Springfield 4-42-2, Mateo Herrera 5-145-1, Dylan Ray 2-22-1). Turner (So) was much of the game for the Porcupines (passing 18 of 35 for 253 yards with 4 touchdowns and rushing 14 times for 128 yards). However, he did have 3 interceptions two in the first half and one in the second. Ryan Snow (Jr) for the game had 71 yards on 12 carries. Springtown (1-5, 0-1) for the game had 511 total yards with 282 yards in passing and 229 rushing yards.
Kennedale (2-4, 1-0) knew that they could score on Springtown, it was stopping the passing game that was the challenge. In the first half, Juwan Washington scored 3 touchdowns on runs of 24, 19 and 4 yards respectively. Washington (Jr) would finish the game with 347 yards on 37 carries and 6 touchdowns. Donny Darville (Sr) made the other touchdown in the first half on a run of 50 yards. Darville would finish the game with 157 yards on 20 carries with 1 touchdown.
With the game knotted 28-28 at half, adjustments were needed to halt the passing game. After a quick coaches? conference with the defensive backfield, coverage was altered for Kennedale. It was the game changer. Offensively, the Wildcats continued the scoring by matching their first half score with 4 more touchdowns. Kennedale finished with 522 yards rushing and 46 yards passing for a total of 568 yards. Washington would score three touchdowns in the second half and?Chance Bishop (Jr) would score on a 21 yard pass play from Bradon Hull (Sr). Hull finished the night 3 for 6 for 46 yards and no interceptions and 11 yards in carries. Kicker Zane Kottwitz (Jr) was 6 for 6 in extra points.
But it was the defense that provided the offense the chance to win and win big. After the half, Springtown failed to cross the goal line once with the Wildcats all but completely shutting down the Porcupine?s passing offense. Turner was left scrambling with no receivers open. Tackle charts were not available but Dailyn Wells (So) recovered one fumble, Landon Cook (Jr) had one interception for nine yards and Ronald Brooks (Sr) had 2 interceptions for 53 yards.
Next up is Fort Worth Diamond Hill- Jarvis (0-6, 0-1). The game will be played at 7:30 on Thursday, October 17 at Clark Stadium (off of I-20 next to TCC South Campus).

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