Early struggles cause Kennedy to fall to Bothell, 59-41

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By Luke Olson
Sports Editor

A highly anticipated football matchup for the Kennedy Lancers against the Bothell Cougars had every one of the edge of their seat all week. How would the sophomore, Sam Huard, respond from his drubbing victory over Chief Sealth last week with his ten touchdowns and 552 yards?

Well, Huard and his teammates could not amass much – in the first half that is. A 59-41 loss did not do them justice on the anemic performance from the offense in the start of the game, specifically in the first quarter.

How could such a prolific offense be coveting to get any sort of momentum going? Well, head coach of the Lancers, Sheldon Cross, revealed why: nerves.

“We were nervous,” he said. “We have some young kids. This is what it is and we knew, and now we are going to watch the film and build from it. We’ve got to be better.”

The Lancers got aggressive early in the game, which backfired quickly. On the very first drive, Kennedy was faced with a fourth and 20 and Cross decided to go for it. But this turned out to be a blunder as Haurd missed Jabez Tinae on the sidelines to hand the ball to Bothell, starting on the Lancers own 28. Bothell eventually hit a receiver wide open in the flat for an easy 12-yard score to take a 6-0 lead early.

“We had a look we wanted and we practiced it,” Cross said. “Our guy was nervous and didn’t do what we needed to do.”

And this was not the only time a fourth-down turned out to be a detriment. Down 21-0, the Lancers faced a fourth and one at their own 19. There was a miscommunication in the backfield and Huard threw one away and was penalized with intentional grounding, putting the ball on the Lancers five-yard line. Christian Galvan punched it in for a commanding 29-0 lead.

Kennedy was 0/4 on their fourth down chances. But being aggressive was part of Cross’ plan from the very beginning.

“We knew coming into this that we needed to take some chances,” he stated. “We needed to have success early and sustain this environment. We have to be the aggressor. We’re the Golden State Warriors and our philosophy is…we’ve got to shoot threes.”

Kennedy finally got on board with a couple big plays from Junior Alexander at the end of the first quarter to get to Bothell’s 14-yard line. A false start pushed the Lancers back but was no problem as Huard found Justin Baker for a 19-yard score in the start of the second quarter to cut the lead down to 29-6.

Bothell was forced to punt on their next drive and Kennedy’s offense started to surge. The Lancers stared at a third and twenty after an offensive pass interference call by Junior Alexander on what could have been a first down. Huard then hit Baker for a 64-yard gain to later set up Zaire Lozolo with a one-yard score. But Bothell responded and marched down 67-yards to push their lead to 35-12.

Kennedy trailed 43-12 at the half, but it was expected that the prodigious offense would eventually start to click. And they did, outscoring the Cougars 29-16 in the last half.

“I’ll tell you what, I think we got better as the second half went on,” Cross explained. “We’re going to grow from this and we are going to have next week and compete.”

The defense had much ado stopping junior running back, Christian Galvan. He carried the ball 30 times, and finished with 326 yards from scrimmage. He added four touchdowns for the Cougars as well.

“We were there – our scheme was there,” Cross said of his game plan on Galvan. “We’re putting our guys in position to make tackles. But, we’ve got to make stops, we’ve got to be able to stop the run.”

Huard surpassed 1,000 yards on the season in just two games, throwing for 447 yards against Bothell. He had two touchdowns and one interception.

Baker led the Lancers with his 172 receiving yards and two touchdowns. This included a 79-yard catch and run score nearing the end of the fourth quarter.

Here’s video of Tinae’s 1-yard TD run in the third quarter:


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