By TONY EIERDAM
KENNEDALE – Kennedale junior running back Juwan Washington rushed for 208 yards and scored six touchdowns, including five on the ground, to lead the Wildcats to a 66-34 win over the Mineral Wells Rams here Friday in the District 6-3A finale.
The loss leaves the Rams with an overall mark of 1-9 and a district record of 1-4. With the win, Kennedale (6-4, 5-0) defends its district championship.
The Rams could not top the elusive Washington, a top Metroplex recruit.
But with almost 2,000 rushing yards in 10 games no team has yet to slow him down.
However, the Rams did not end the season without positives.
The 34 points scored was the most a district opponent has scored on the two-time district champions this season, and the Rams went blow-for-blow with the Wildcats early in the game and tacked on a pair of fourth-quarter scores.
“The kids fought hard the entire game,” Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence said. “We played hard for 48 minutes and never let up.
“Kennedale is a very good football team, and we had a hard time tackling them. But that is why they are the district champs.
“But the kids played hard, again, and I am awfully proud of them.”
Against his toughest opponent of the year, Rams quarterback Caleb Acosta played his best game. The junior had a hand in all five MWHS touchdowns, including three rushing TDs.
After the Wildcats scored on their first possession, the Rams answered the score immediately.
Acosta engineered a nine-play, 77-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard sneak by the quarterback.
Acosta completed three big passes in the drive including strikes of 16 and 20 yards to Tristan Seargeant and a 36-yard completion to Grant Peters that brought the ball to the KHS 1-yard line.
Patrick Folkner’s extra-pint kick tied the game at 7-7.