By Randal Forguson
Corsicana Daily Sun
KERENS — —
The District 6-1A DI showdown between the Kerens Bobcats and the Italy Gladiators was a shootout for three and a half quarters.
In the end, the Gladiators left town with a 40-27 win.
The game changed in Italy’s favor to start the third quarter when the Gladiators took the second-half kickoff and used nearly eight minutes and 15 plays to drive 75 yards to score. Marvin Cox scored from three yards out to make the score 26-21 Italy.
After another exchange of punts Kerens drove 74 yards to take its last lead of the night 27-26. The first play after the Kerens kickoff Cox break a run for 61 yards and a touchdown to make the score 32-27 Italy.
Another Italy touchdown late in the game takes away from an outstanding game. Both teams advance to the playoffs with Italy (6-4, 5-0) winning the district title.
The Bobcats (5-5, 3-2) scored on the fourth play of their opening drive and a 44-yard pass play from Nate Betts to Kevin Townsel. The extra point was good by Betts and after the kickoff Italy fumbled on their first play from scrimmage with the Bobcats recovering.
Betts scored on a 1-yard run to take a 14-point lead with just over three minutes gone in the game. Italy got back in the game with a 6-play drive capped off by a 2-yard run by Ryheem Walker to make it 14-7 with 5:09 left in the first quarter. Following an exchange of three-and-outs Italy went on a 13-play drive to come within one point because of a missed extra point. Kerens had another three-and-out and the Gladiators drove 55 yards in 11 plays to go up 20-14 with 4:03 still left in the second quarter.
Kerens finally showed some life and drove 75 yards in 10 plays to take the lead at halftime 21-20.
Kerens 27, Italy 40
Italy 7 13 6 14 — 40
Kerens 14 7 0 6 — 27
K — Kevin Townsel 44 pass from Nate Betts (Betts kick), 10:14
K — Betts 1 run (Betts kick ), 7:24
I — Ryheem Walker 2 run (Roldan kick ), 5:09
I — Walker 3 run (kick failed), 8:45
I — Walker 15 run (Roldan kick), 4:03
K — Betts 4 run (Betts kick), 1:17
I — Marvin Cox 3 run (kick failed), 4:44
K — Betts 31 run (pass failed), 7:15
I — Cox 61 run (pass failed), 7:02
I — Walker 9 run (E. Carson pass from Cox), 1:28
First Downs 25 14
Rushing Yards 286 179
C-A-I 3-9-0 4-11-1
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Punts-Ave. 1-36 2-36
Pentalties-Yards 6-50 6-55
Rushing — I: R. Walker-24-169, M. Cox 19-110, C. Hamilton 6-7. K: N. Betts 21-122, R. Faulk 7-53, K. Townsel 2-5.
Passing — I: M. Cox 3-9-24. K: N. Betts 4-11-68.
Recieving — I: E. Carson 2-13, C. Hopkins 1-11. K: K. Townsel 2-50, S. Sayles 2-18.