Kennedy Wins Rain-Soaked Game, 19-9
By Jeff Linder, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS It was a long wait. A wet wait.
But the Kennedy Cougars finally capped a soggy night with a homecoming win.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy moved to 3-1 Thursday night, downing Dubuque Senior, 19-9, in a MVC Mississippi Division football game Thursday night at Kingston Stadium.
The game was delayed because of a severe thunderstorm. The sophomore game was delayed, then cut short in the third quarter at about 6:15 p.m.
Officials waited out the wind and the lightning, with the varsity game starting at 8:40 p.m. A steady rain continued throughout.
Senior was the surprise of the MVC last year, but has been a major disappointment thus far this season. The Cougars extended the Rams' misery by stopping their running attack cold.
The Rams were held to minus-5 yards on the ground in the first half, and Kennedy went into the locker room with a 12-2 led.
Kennedy journeyed 60 yards in an eight-play march on its second drive.
Miles Moa opened it with a 21-yard run, then Logan Wedo capped it with a 5-yard touchdown run with 7 seconds left in the first quarter. The PAT attempt was blocked, leaving it at 6-0.
An alert play by Anthony Carter set up the Cougars' second TD.
A 42-yard field goal attempt was misheld, and Jack Kloft shanked it short of the goal line and to the right. Carter hesitated, then picked it up around the 5 yard line. He took off, missed a tackle and was off to the races before being drug down at the Senior 21.
Five plays later, on third-and-goal from the 3, quarterback Derek Jacobus raced for the right pylon and extended the ball into the end zone to make it 12-0 with 2:30 left in the half.
Senior got two points back shortly thereafter. Jacobus couldn't leap high enough to retrieve a high snap. He chased down the ball in the end zone and was tackled for a safety.
Kennedy was victimized by penalties all night, but overcame three of them on their first drive of the second half.
The Cougars journeyed 70 yards in a 5 1/2-minute march, capped by Jacobus' 14-yard pass to Drew Heitland. That made it 19-2, and the Cougars were safe.
Famiek Cook made a clutch tackle on fourth down at the Kennedy 1 on the subsequent drive.
Senior finally found the end zone with 7:25 left, on Austin Clemens' 5-yard pass to Sam Jaeger.
Jacobus completed his first nine passes.
The Cougars will host No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier next week; Senior faces No. 3 Iowa City West.