Lions and Wildcats meet in last district game of a strange season

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Update, Saturday, November 7 – Kennedale won 52-7 and is now 9-0-1, 7-0 for the year.

Next up for the Wildcats in the regular season/district closer is River Oaks Castleberry (3-4, 3-2). For Kennedale, it is a chance to extend their undefeated record to 9-0-1 and offers another pre-playoff challenge because the Lions can score. Purchase ticketsDirections to WO Barnes Stadium at 4801 Blackstone Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76114.

Kennedale has already clinched 1st place in District 6/4A and is the top seed in bi-district play in the UIL State Football Championships. But, there is that undefeated season on the line for the Wildcats.

About Castleberry …

The Castleberry Lions are in the playoffs as a 4th seed regardless of the results of this final district game.

Castleberry defeated

  • Diamond Hill (0-5) 69-0,
  • Dunbar (4-4) 57-53, and
  • Eastern Hills (2-5) 48-14.

Castleberry has lost to …

  • Benbrook (5-4) 54-14,
  • Western Hills (4-5) 35-34,
  • Pilot Point (7-2) 49-35 non-district, and
  • Jacksboro (6-3) 58-29 non-district.

Castleberry does have a potent offense this year and they have not been shut-out this year.

In seven games the Lions have …

  • averaged 437 yards per game on offense – 231 passing and 204 yards rushing;
  • scored a total of 41 TDs – 16 by rush, 21 by pass, 1 by punt return, 1 by interception, and 2 by kick-off returns;
  • scored 288 points for the season for an average of 41 points per game;
  • opponents have scored 263 points for an averaged of 37.6 points against.

However, it should be noted that Castleberry with the exception of Dunbar (4-4) has not defeated a team with a winning record.

More on that undefeated record …

It is not often that Kennedale has been able to claim a regular season that ends without a loss, in fact, according to Texas High School History, it has happened 3 times in records dating back to 1956. This season may go down with an asterisk because of the pandemic but still.

The first undefeated was under Tim Stout in 1996, it also included a tie at 9-0-1. That year, the Cats finished 11-1-1, going three deep into the playoffs. Then there were back to back undefeated seasons in 2014 and 2015 when Richard Barrett‘s teams recorded 10-0 seasons. Both of these teams went three-deep in the playoffs, finishing for the year at 12-1.

Playoff schedule …

Kennedale vs Brownswood (4-5, 2-1) Friday, November 13, at home. Game time 7:30 pm.

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