Kennedy Kickoffs The Season

By Jeremy McDonald

MONROE, Ore.–  Kennedy showed glimpses of the Trojans of old Friday evening at Monroe.  The explosive plays.  Strong at the line going to the skills position players.

Owen Bruner had a run for 25-yards and followed that up with a 39-yard touchdown reception from Riley Cantu. A Elijah Traeger-Stephan Salinas connection went 35-yards as well. Traeger had a 25-yard quarterback scrambled that was called back as Kennedy showed off their explosive power coming out of the gate going into Week 1.

“It was good.  We got to see what tools we have to stretch the field and throw the ball, run the ball,” Bruner said.

They built some momentum against Harrisburg coming out of the jamboree, closing scrimmage 18-0.  Defense brought the pressure with a fumble recovery, sack and interception to go with stops in between to go with their big chunk plays offensively.

Kennedy’s Stephan Salinas stretches out for a touchdown against Harrisburg Friday evening in Monroe (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

The scrimmage finale came on the heels of a tough 24-0 defeat to Monroe to start.  Kennedy came out strongly with their first possession of the jamboree, but the Dragon defense and two penalties halted the drive.

Penalties did float around the Trojans a bit in the two games, each had teams go 18-plays on offense and then 18-plays on defense.  But just chalk it up as first week jitters that they’ll pan over this upcoming week in practice preparing for Gaston Friday on the road.

“I thought we did pretty well, we got a lot to work on but overall, we hustle well.  Gave good effort,” Cantu said.  “Just work on the little things, just keep repetition and get good at all of our alignments.  (This next week) is going to be big.  Coming off this, we can improve upon this and see what our potential is in an actual game.  I’m looking forward to it.”

Kick-off against the Greyhounds will be at 7pm as Kennedy will go back to work this upcoming week.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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