El Cerrito High tops Kennedy High 41-35 in football rivalry

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In a game that has caused aging alums to reminisce about this longtime football rivalry, El Cerrito High defeated Kennedy High 41-35 Friday night.

The Gauchos improved to 3-2 and dealt the Eagles their first loss in six games at their home field at 4300 Cutting Blvd. in Richmond.

According to community advocate Rodney Alamo Brown, security was high at the school, where games have been cut short in the recent past over shootings in nearby streets.

After the game, Brown praised school resource officers, school staff, parents and students for putting together a safe, positive rivalry game. He said the game was a “true reunion of sorts for everyone who attended” and began with players from both teams meeting on the 50-yard line for prayer.

The game was surrounded by inspirational stories, including the one told by KTVU (Ch. 2) about Kennedy High senior Kenneth Singleton, who courageously bounced back from being shot in 2013 in a robbery attempt on Ohlone Greenway in El Cerrito.

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