Kennedy grabs first win of season on final play touchdown pass to edge Woodlawn

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BATON ROUGE – On the final play of the game Friday night, Myron Junior dodged a heavy pass rush to toss a 17-yard game-winning touchdown to Marquel Cary to secure a 34-31 John F. Kennedy victory over Woodlawn of Baton Rouge.

After a back-and-forth first half of big plays, Woodlawn controlled the third period by scoring all 10 points with a 36-yard field goal by Jacob Barnes and a 12-yard run Jonero Scott to lead 31-28 until the final play.

“We got a lot to clean up,” said Woodlawn head coach Daniel Luquet. “But that is a very good team on the other side of the field.”

The Panthers and Cougars combined to score touchdowns on the first five possessions of the contest.

Kennedy opened the game with a 60-yard run by Junior, and then the senior signal called capped off the drive with two-yard touchdown pass to Lamont Pepp Jr. giving the Cougars a 6-0 advantage after a missed point after try.

Woodlawn drove seven plays on their opening possession, taking the lead on a four-yard run by Kenneth Augustus to make it 7-6 after the successful point-after kick.

Kennedy recaptured the advantage on a 78-yard pass from Junior to Lionel Stewart but Woodlawn answered again to take a 14-12 lead with 39 seconds to play in the first quarter on a two-yard keeper by quarterback Josh Serio.

Junior engineered another quick strike for the Cougars, connecting with Quinton Stockman on a 75 yards touchdown. Tony Perette’s two-point run to give JFK a 20-14 edge.

Both defenses forced the first punts of the game for each side before a Tyrell Smith raced to a 56 yard score putting the Panthers back in front 21-20.

Woodlawn (1-3) forced a pair of defensive stops and had a chance to score late in the first half but Serio tossed an interception which set Kennedy up at the Panthers 29. With just six seconds left in the half, Pepp Jr. caught his second touchdown. Junior ran in the two-point try, giving Kennedy a 28-21 advantage at the halftime break.

Up next, Woodlawn will look to regroup at St. Martinville while Kennedy will try to keep momentum of their first win going versus powerhouse Edna Karr.

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