Prep Football: Kennedy Clobbers Jefferson For 1st Win

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

Jefferson's Michael Moncivais (23) is hit by Kennedy's Anthony Carter (14) on a kickoff return during first quarter of the game between Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Cedar Rapids Kennedy at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids on Friday September 28, 2012. It was 24-0 Kennedy at halftime. (Stephen Mally/Freelance)

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By Grant Burkhardt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — You all can relax now, Cedar Rapids Kennedy football fans. Your boys have won a game.

Actually, your boys and coaching staff can take a deep breath, too, after a 44-0 shellacking last night of Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium.

No one, whether you’re a fan of the green and gold or not, envisioned the Cougars going winless until Week 6. But a tough schedule and simply not playing well enough combined for this unexpected oh-fer.

Jefferson (1-5) was unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of a season’s worth of Cougar frustration. And, make no mistake, this was a severe beatdown.

Kennedy held a 24-0 lead at halftime, outgaining the J-Hawks, 233-1, in the first half. Jeff didn’t get its initial first down until there was a little more than five minutes left in the third on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Layne Sullivan to Peter Watson.

Naturally, Watson got injured on the play.

Alex Hillyer had 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Kennedy, including 115 and two, respectively, in the first half. Wide receiver Patrick Martin, who didn’t go out until three weeks ago, had a 45-yard TD reception from quarterback Riley Fergus.

Fergus threw a pair of touchdowns, including a 10-yarder early in the fourth to Miles Moa that got a continuous clock rolling. Then there was the Kennedy defense.

The Cougars came in averaging 30 points allowed per game but showed no mercy here. Constant blitzing from their linebackers harrassed Sullivan the entire game and stuff Jeff’s running game.

The J-Hawks finished with minus-24 yards on the ground and 47 yards overall. That’s on the positive side.

The night was appropriately capped on Triston Christopher’s 51-yard pick-six with 7:19 to go.

Sullivan went 8 for 19 passing for Jefferson for 71 yards and was intercepted twice. Counterpart Fergus was 6 of 13 for 96 yards, being picked off once.

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