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October 21, 2009 > Kennedy gets back on track

Kennedy gets back on track

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By William Mancebo

It might not have been a "Game of the Week" but the John F. Kennedy Titans football team played as if it was, blowing out the Mission San Jose Warriors 62-20 on Friday night, Oct. 16, at Tak Fudenna Stadium.

With the win, the Titans have won two of their last three, outscoring their opponents 112-43 during the last three games, including Friday night's win.

Mission San Jose (0-6, 0-3) might have lost the game, however the 20 points scored by the Warriors is the highest of the season. They entered Friday night's game scoring just a total of 13 points in five games.

"Whenever you score, it builds confidence," said Warriors Head Coach Rob Van Duesen. "What it does is that it took some pride back. They showed themselves that they can score."

Injuries also hurt the Warriors Friday night, as senior running back Ikem Okwudiafor was forced to play quarterback for Mission San Jose on the night. And he performed decent for the Warriors, rushing for 62 yards on 20 carries with two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown on the night.

Kennedy (3-3, 1-1), on the other hand, had no problem scoring against the struggling Warriors defense. Sophomore running back Isaiah Cortez ran all over the Mission San Jose defense, racking up 193 yards rushing on 16 carries and six touchdowns on the night, four of which came in the first quarter.

Titans senior quarterback Trevor Damewood also had a solid game running the ball, rushing for 93 yards on seven carries.

"We just had to come out with a win to get us going for the rest of the season and hopefully make the playoffs," Damewood said.

"They wanted to come out this week and do a good job and get us back on the winning trend," said Titans Head Coach Pete Michaletos.

Kennedy came off a bye week last week after being shutout by Newark Memorial 23-0 on October 3.

"We just didn't have a good showing against Newark," Michaletos added.

The Titans struck twice in the first quarter off a total of four touchdown runs by Cortez, the first from 57 yards out, the second and third from inside the Warriors five-yard line and the fourth from 20 yards out.

The Warriors struggled offensively throughout the game, going three-and-out on their three drives in the first quarter, and never recorded a first down. However, they would show signs of life in the second quarter off a 14 yard run on fourth-and-three by Okwudiafor, followed by a 30 yard pass to Dylin Tyhurst, setting up an eight-yard touchdown scamper by Okwudiafor to cut the Titans lead to 27-6.

Cortez would strike again in the second quarter, running in from eight yards out for his fifth score on the day. He would score one more time in the third quarter from nine yards out for his sixth touchdown run of the game.

Okwudiafor would score one more time for the Warriors from 15 yards out for his second rushing touchdown of the game with 35 seconds left.

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