It is six weeks into the regular season and for the Kennedale Wildcats, defending 6-4A district champions, the season is really just beginning. The earlier stuff has turned out to be just that, early stuff.
A quick review …
Kennedale did show moments of promise in a 34-7 loss to 4A-I Waco La Vega during the first game of the season. That was followed by a win over the 4A-I Alvarado Indians 27-21. In game three, the Wildcats fought 5A-II Denison to a 35-28 overtime loss, followed by two district wins via a forfeit by FTW Eastern Hills and runaway by a luckless Castleberry team 56-0 last week.
District 6/4A contenders …
So far in this season, three teams out of the eight-team district remain to present a serious challenge to Kennedale – Western Hills (3-2,1-1), Dunbar (2-3, 2-0), and Lake Worth (4-1,2-0). Note: Even with the forfeit FTW Eastern Hills still remains in contention in the district race at 1-1.
Dunbar did show its top status with a 66-33 win over Western Hills last week. Eastern Hills and Western Hills will try to eliminate each other in the title race tonight in a game set for 7 PM.
The take on Lake Worth …
Lake Worth along with Dunbar are definitely the teams that could deny Kennedale another district title. The Bullfrogs finished 2nd in District 4-4A last year before moving to District 6-4A this year. Like Kennedale last year, the Bullfrogs won their first-round state playoff game vs Hereford before suffering a 34-20 loss in the second round to El Paso Riverside.
This year Lake Worth, designated as the pre-season runner-up in District 6-4A, opened the season with a 36-30 (OT) win over 4A-II Ferris followed by a 17-16 loss to 5A-I Granbury. The next week the Frogs took a 30-10 win over 5A-II Carrolton Creekview followed by sweeps of fellow district opponents Castleberry (50-0) and Carter-Riverside (52-6).
So far this season the Bullfrogs have accumulated 1,481 yards on the ground (296.2 avg) with 21 TDs along with 411 yards by air (82.2 avg) and 3 TDs. This is an overall total of 1,892 yards and 24 TDs. Senior Damion Moore has accounted for the majority of it.
Bullfrogs the Cats have to watch …
#7 Damion Moore (SR) has 964 total yard rushing (192.0 avg) with 13 TDs and 192 receiving yards (38.4 avg) for a total of 1,156 total yards and 13 TDs. He has fumbled once (lost) but he has added on defense 1 fumble recovery, 11 tackles, 1 interception and 1 blocked field goal.
#3 Donte Reese (JR) is another top performer. He is listed as a quarterback and free safety. Reese has 411 yards passing (10.5 avg) with no interceptions and 362 rushing yards for a total of 773 yards (154.6 avg) and 7 TDs. He has also contributed 14 tackles to the effort.
Others to watch on this Lake Worth team include
- #6 Jose Meza (JR) with 28 yards receiving, 28 yards rushing, 30 yards on kick returns,
- #2 Hornel Cloubou (SR) with 36 tackles (7.2 avg), 4 sacks, and 3 caused fumbles,
- #35 Marcus Bryan (Jr) 35 tackles (7.0 avg) with 1 sack, and
- #11 Tray Stevens (SR) 29 tackles (7.3) with 1 sack, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Cats’ first test of their title …
By the laws of nature, a wildcat should win a match against a bullfrog on land but this bullfrog just may be big enough to swallow one. It should be a serious confrontation between the two at Lake Worth this Friday night.
The game time is 7 pm.
Directions via google to Kittrell Stadium, 4210 Boat Club Road, Lake Worth, Texas 76135