Kennedale Wildcat Football kicks off a new season Friday night at home.

The first game of any season is not especially meaningful. It can not be used as a predictor of future success or failure. A lot of scrambling of players will be done from the first kick to the final whistle. But it will be a preview of the starters for the 2023 season with perhaps a few key auditions left.

A quick look will tell you that this is a game that features two of the best coaches in 4A football.

Richard Barrett – Kennedale Wildcat Head Coach/Athletic Director

  • 23rd season (29th total);
  • 211 wins (247 total);
  • 0 losing seasons (1 total);
  • past year record 8-4,  last 5 years, 44-14 with back-to-back records of 10-1 & 10-2);
  • 15 district titles (16 overall);
  • state runner-up once;
  • overall winning percentage 81%

Don Hyde – LaVega Pirates Head Coach

  • 6th year, but long-time assistant);
  • 51 wins,
  • 1 losing season;
  • past year 5-6; record last 5 years, 51-17 with two back-to-back 14-2 seasons;
  • one state title,
  • 2 district titles;
  • overall winning percentage -75%

Last year, playing at Waco LaVega: Pirates 34 – Wildcats 7