By Eddie Rodrigues, Clarion Staff
The Kennedy Cougars football season gained a huge plus on Friday night, October 27th, at their homecoming game. The JV team destroyed the tenacious Florin Panthers in an easy, entertaining 52-0 shutout for the crowd in attendance to enjoy. A serious buzz then kicked in when our varsity team charged onto the field with the packed Cougar Stadium eagerly awaiting the upcoming bout. The cougars went into the game with a 2-6 record, which had been a low season for the team and introduced the challenge of going up against Florin with a higher 3-5 record.
Kennedy, had a disappointing performance at their first big game of the season, Hell Bowl, against their rival school, the McClatchy Lions. The Cougars ran onto the field with confidence and determination, looking for the dub. With much practice and hard work, led by Coach Brian Lewis, the team was looking forward to the game.
With an early 45-yard air attack for a completion and a touchdown, Kennedy stormed to an early 8-0 lead over the Panthers. The score remained the same throughout the first quarter. The Panthers quickly countered with six points of their own before halftime.
After performances from the cheer squad and marching band, announcement of Homecoming royalty and the parade of floats, the ferocious Cougars sprinted back onto the field to try and close out the game. The Cougars added another touchdown to their lead for cushion points, and at the very end with an amazing stop at the one yard line to seal the game.
The Cougars walked off the field happy and proud. The win gave the team something positive to reflect back on in their tough season this year. Jalon Cummings (12) remarked “Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
Kennedy Cougars Season Ends Tonight Against Burbank
The Cougars still have one more game left in metro season play today against Burbank at 5pm (Junior Varsity) and 7pm (Varsity). Burbank currently has a record of 5-4 and is coming off a 41-0 loss against Sac High.