It’s been a while since the Cougar Football team won their first game of the season, so long in fact, Head Coach Tim Lewis doesn’t even remember the last time they did. But all of that changed after a 14-10 victory over the Washington Warriors on Friday.
“I don’t remember to be honest. It’s been a few years I think,” Lewis said.
The game got off to a rocky start for the Cougars, after holding Wash on the first drive of the game Kennedy coughed up the football on their own three yard line. Warrior running back Johnny Dobbs so., capitalized and scored to put them on top.
Washington added a field goal with 1:39 left in the half and seemed to have all the momentum going into halftime. But quarterback Derek Jacobus sr., ripped off a 45 yard run to get the Cougars in business. Kennedy found themselves in a third and long situation with time running down in the half and Jacobus made another play, finding Miles Moa sr., in the end zone for a huge touchdown to put the Cougars within three going into halftime.
Kennedy had the momentum going into half and they never let go.
The Cougars opened up the second half with the ball and powered their way down the field lead by running back Moa. “Our lineman really worked hard and I just made up for it. Getting to work with the lineman we got is really fun,” Moa said. Moa cramped up towards the end of the drive but Junior Logan Weedo scored his first career varsity touchdown on a three yard run.
That gave the Cougars a 14-10 advantage and the Cougar defense led the way after that, shutting down the Warriors offense the rest of the way. “I think our defensive line played really well today. We put a lot of pressure on them today, I think it was an overall good effort,” Lewis said.
This is the first time that Kennedy has won their first game of the season since 2008. “It feels great winning the first game of the season. We’ve started 0-1 all the time so it has to do something,” Moa said.
Kennedy’s next game is Friday at Prairie. Prairie opened up their season with a win of their own over an improved Jefferson team, 24-7. Kickoff is set for 7:15 P.M.