By Joey Snowden
The Cayuga Wildcats' Keshawn Jackson rushed for 141-yards on 22 carries to help spoil homecoming in Kerens before an overflow crowd, to the tune of a 45-24 win Friday night, to move to 1-0 in 6-1A DI and spotless on the seaon at 6-0.
What started out as a an old fashioned game of smash mouth football quickly changed like the Texas weather after the first quarter Firday night.
Kerens would take the open kickoff and take four minutes off the clock while taking a 6-play drivedown into Wildcat territory, before a Ravon Faulk fumble at the Wildcat 33-yard line was recovered by Cayuga. One play later Caugas' QB, John Vickery found a streaking Cota Wilburn for a 53-yard gain putting the Wildcats deep into Bobcat territory.
The Kerens defense was relentless in keeping Cayuga out of the endzone as the Wilcats would have to settle for a Steven Slater 27-yard field goal with 6:25 left in the first quarter. Not to be outdone Kerens' Dontarius Bryant got the ensuing kickoff and raced down the middle of the field before being tackled at the Cayuga 49-yard line. Seven plays later, Jovani Coronado would drill his own field goal from 21-yards out to knott the score up at 3-3 with 3:20 to play in the first quarter.
As everyone was thinking this district match up would be a defensive slugfest, the tides turned with Cayuga scoring two second quarter touchdowns,one from speedster Keshawn Jackson on a 3-yard run at the 10:01 juncture of the second as fast as you could bat an eye. Kerens would come right back and answer Cayuga with a Nate Betts 6-yard run just two-minutes late at the 8:01 mark. During the Kerens 60-yard drive, Betts would call his own number with 49-yards rushing pretty much at will against a stout Cayuga defense. Cayuga would not stop and kept pounding the ball through, around and in between the Kerens defense with not just Jackson, but brusing FB John Venable who also broke the 100-yard mark on the night with 11 carries and 135-yards. Cayuga QB Vickery would hit pay-dirt for the Wildcat's from 1-yard out to take a 17-10 halftime lead.
As the second half started, Cayuga eventually wore the Kerens defense down with RB Venable and would get touchdown's from four different Wildcat players in the third and fourth quarters. Cayugas' kicker, Stephen Slater would be perfect on the night on PAT's along with his made field goal from 27-yards out. The Wilcats with the conviencing vicotry remain undefeated on the season at 6-0 and 1-0 in Disrtict 6-1A.
For the Kerens Bobcat's, QB Nate Betts continued to have a year to remember with 223-yards rushing and 102-yards in the air to his favorite target Brett Anderson, who finished the night with four receptions and 96-yards. Anderson also had a beautiful catch just inside the endzone in the third quarter to move the Bobcats within seven early in the third quarter. With the loss the Bobcats now go to 3-4 on the season and 0-1 in district.
Cayuga 45, Kerens 24
Cayuga 3 14 21 14 — 45
Kerens 3 7 7 7 — 24
C: Stephen Slater 27 FG. 6:25
K: Jovani Coronado 21 FG. 10:01
C: Keshawn Jackson 3 run. ( Slater kick),10:01
K: Nate Betts 6 run.(Coronado kick), 8:01
C: John Vickery 1 run. (Slater kick), 4:21
C: Jackson 3 run. ( Slated kick), 9:12
K: Brett Anderson 13 pass from Betts. (Slater kick), 5:02
C: Vickery 1 run. ( Slater kick), 2:43
C: John Venable 7 run. ( Slater kick), 11:53
C: Payton Wallace 3 run. ( Slater kick), 5:06
K: Betts 26 run. ( Coronado kick), 3:24
First downs 22 21
Rush-yards 47-373 33-279
Passing yards 53 102
C-A-I 1-3-0 5-12-0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2
Punts-avg. 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-35 7-65
Rushing — C: Keshawn Jackson 22-141 , John Venable 11-135, John Vickery 6-29, Payton Wallace 3-22, Frankie Aviles 2-8, Jimmy Pitts 2-35, Blake Guldjord 1-3 K: Nate Betts 24-223, Rayvon Faulk 5-35, Dontarius Bryant 3-18, Dequalon Bivins 1-3.
Passing — C: John Vickery 1-3-0-53 K:Nate Betts 5-12-0-102.
Receiving— C: Cota Wilburn 1-53 K: Shelton Sayles 1-6, Brett Anderson 4-96.