Kennedale scored the next 10 points as Washington found the end zone for the first time. But the Rams came back with a brilliant play on special teams.
After Kennedale kicker Zane Kottwitz booted a 32-yard field goal for a 17-7 advantage, Colby Kissinger returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to the KHS 5.
Two plays later, Acosta bullied his way through the Kennedale defense for two yards for a touchdown. Folkner added the PAT kick to cut Kennedale’s lead to 17-14 with 11:52 left to play in the second quarter.
However, Kennedale responded with three straight touchdowns before the half, including scores of 54 and 8 yards by Washington as the hosts led 38-14 at the half.
The Rams received the second-half kickoff and marched 71 yards on seven plays, scoring on a four-yard pass from Acosta to Kissinger on fourth and goal from the KHS 4.
The big play on the drive came on an Acosta improvisation.
Acosta was in the clutches of a Kennedale pass rusher, who had grabbed his right (throwing) arm. But somehow Acosta switched the ball to his left hand and he threw a sidearm, sideways pass to running back Kelly Williams, who took the behind-the-line-of-scrimmage aerial and raced 39 yards for a first down that set up a goal-to-go situation.
“That left-handed pass was absolutely amazing,” Lawrence said. “Caleb made some nice plays (Friday night).”
Folkner added the PAT kick that cut the Wildcats’ lead to 38-21.
However, Kennedale followed with four unanswered touchdowns, including a 60-yard interception return by Chris George.
The Rams closed the scoring with Acosta’s third rushing score of the game and another TD pass from Acosta to Kissinger.