Sluggish Kell finds a way to win
by William Bretherton
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September 08, 2012 03:06 AM | 3088 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock at Kell

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MARIETTA — Coming off a bye week, Kell appeared rusty rather than ready to play.

The Longhorns won their second straight game of the season, 27-10, beating Woodstock at Cobb Energy/Corky Kell Stadium on Friday, but Kell was far from pleased with the end result.

“If we continue to play the way we played (Friday), we won’t win a game the rest of the season,” said Kell coach Derek Cook, in his lone comment after the game.

Kell (2-0) turned the ball over four times, once on an interception near midfield in the first and three times on snaps that overshot the punter’s head. By comparison, the punt team successfully booted the ball away just twice.

Additionally, Kell committed eight penalties for 61 yards. However, it wasn’t just the Longhorns making mistakes. Woodstock fumbled the ball three times, including a punt snap that overshot Alex Motsinger. The Wolverines committed nine penalties for 90 yards.

“I saw a sloppy game as well,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. “There were penalties all over the place (Kell) snapped the ball over the punter’s head a couple of times. Then, we match it and do it ourselves. There were just a lot of mental mistakes.”

Like the Longhorns, the mistakes left a poor taste after the game. But more than that, Woodstock’s loss was its third straight. For Woodstock, it was the first time since 2002 that the program has lost its first three games to start the season.

Budde believes that the picture is not a bleak one in spite of the results on the scoreboard over the last three weeks.

“I just talked to the team about big picture,” he said. “I think we’re improving every week and I know again that we are going to be there in the end.”

Kell was able to pull off a win mostly by capitalizing off Woodstock errors. Of the Longhorns’ 27 points, only six came on drives longer than two plays.

Kell scored its first touchdown on a two-play drive following a botched punt snap by Woodstock at its own 18 in the first quarter, which was punctuated by a 15-yard pass play from quarterback Matthew McGuigan to tight end Michael Valero.

Kell’s second touchdown was scored near the end of the first half when running back Jamari Moore darted through a hole between the guard and tackle on the near side of the field, then raced past the Woodstock defense for 68 yards on the first play of the Longhorns’ last drive before halftime.

The Longhorns’ last touchdown was scored on a defensive stop. On Woodstock’s first offensive possession of the half, the Wolverines drove the ball to the Kell 25, chewing up nearly 5 minutes off the clock. On Woodstock’s 13th play of the drive, quarterback Justin Agner kept the ball and ran 5 yards, but was stripped by the Kell defense. Julian Burris picked up the football and raced 80 yards down the far sideline for a score to put the Longhorns ahead 24-5.

Offensively, there was little to get excited about for Kell. Running back Jamari Moore finished the game as the Longhorns’ leading rusher with 11 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown, but he rushed for 117 of those yards in the first half including the 68-yard touchdown run.

Besides Moore, Kell had seven other ball carriers that totaled a combined six yards. Through the air, Kell finished with 112 yards. McGuigan completed 7-of-15 passes for 112 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Senior backup quarterback B.K Hundley saw playing time as well, but was used mostly as another running back out of the shotgun, as he passed the ball just once for an incompletion.

Defensively, the Longhorns held Woodstock to just three points, as four of the Wolverines’ points were scored on special teams. Kell scored a touchdown, and held the Wolverines to 215 total yards.

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Cookie Monster
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September 10, 2012
Is the Kell district in Cherokee County now?
Big Beef
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September 10, 2012
Who does the ranking system? Kell is not all that, not sure why they are ranked. Wait for Lassiter to brand the Longhorns. Lassiter has to be a 21 point favorite.
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