That’s not very surprising — at least, until learning that losing coach Robert Ingram was the proud man and the winner, Derek Cook, was not.
“We had way too many penalties (Friday),” Cook admitted after the game. “That was the main problem. Whether the penalties were legitimate or not, we had too many of them and made too many mistakes.
“We also had way too many missed tackles, and we’re too good of a defensive team to do that. But, I can assure you, those will be corrected at practice on Monday.”
Meanwhile, Ingram found some positives despite the Raiders’ 16-point loss in the game between teams of Region 7AAAAA’s southern half.
“Our kids are fighters, and (Friday) was no different,” Ingram said. “I have been proud of these kids all year. They never quit, and this was our first region game of the season, so we’re only 0-1 in the region.”
After Kell (6-0, 1-0) jumped out to a 16-0 lead midway through the second quarter, Riverwood (3-3) finally got on the scoreboard before halftime. Facing a first down at the Longhorns’ 27, Logan Blackley broke a number of tackles, en route to a touchdown run. The extra point cut Kell’s lead to 16-7.
But Jay Moxey put the Longhorns up by 16 again with 3:52 left in the third quarter, when he scored from the 1 to cap a 75-yard drive.
More Kell mistakes, though, let Riverwood creep back into the game.
Kell quarterback Matthew McGuigan dropped back to pass at his own 24, but he was hit and fumbled. The ball ended up in the Longhorns’ end zone, where Riverwood’s Jaden Hunter recovered it for a touchdown. After Skyler deGroot’s extra point, the Kell lead was down to 23-14 with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
The Longhorns answered less than 2 minutes into the final quarter on a 3-yard pass from McGuigan to Taylor Henkle to put the game away. Cameron Massung’s fourth extra point of the night capped the scoring for the
Dyllen Reed put Kell ahead early in the first quarter on his 3-yard scoring run. Bryson Armstrong then stretched the Longhorn lead to 9-0 when he sacked Riverwood quarterback Grant Drakeford in the end zone midway through the second quarter.
Moxey finished with a game-high 180 yards rushing on 29 carries for Kell. McGuigan contributed 145 passing yards on eight completions.