Apparently Kennedy High’s coaches, players and fans have been right all along.
“We all we got, we all we need,” the oft-repeated mantra inside the Eagles’ locker-room, has helped propel the team to a 9-1 regular season record, its first division title in nearly 30 years, and an opportunity this coming Saturday to play in the North Coast Section playoffs against El Molino (Forestville).
The Tri-County Athletic League Stone division title was Kennedy High’s first division victory since 1988, according to Prep2Prep.com. It was clinched following a 31-6 win over De Anza High late last month, when the Eagles displayed another stifling defensive effort. The victory was capped by strong performances from Devin Holmes, who returned a fumble for a touchdown in the game, as well as sack leader Ryan Robinson, who blocked a punt.
This past Friday, the Eagles finished the regular season with a decisive 47-0 win over Richmond High. Tyrik Daniels, who rushed for 27 yards and 1 TD and caught 4 passes for 46 yards and 1 TD, was named overall player of the game. Daniels also snagged an interception in the game.
Meanwhile, Larry Washington Jr., who finished with 91 all-purpose yards, received offensive player of the game honors; Darion Ellinson, who had a monster game with 9 tackles, 5 solo and 1 sack, was named defensive player of the game; and Freddie Butler was named special teams player of the game following an 80-yard kickoff return.
One cannot fail to mention the consistent play this season by junior quarterback Micah Barnes, who has thrown 20 touchdown passes, an average of two per game, for 1,714 yards, averaging 172 per game. Barnes threw for more than 200 yards against Richmond High.
Aside from strong individual performances, Kennedy High has dominated all year as a team. It scored the most points in the Stone division at 353, tallying about 35 points per game. The second-most points in the division came from Hercules with 277 points.
The Eagles have been even more dominant defensively. They allowed just 88 points in 10 games. Hercules allowed the second-least amount of points in the Stone division at 108.
Aside from strong player performances, much of the Eagles’ success has come from its coaching staff, which has led by inspiration as well as smart football. First-year Head Coach George Jackson Jr. (top photo) took over the varsity team this year after helping the Eagles junior varsity team dominate opponents last season with a perfect 10-o record.
That junior varsity team’s mantra has carried over to the varsity level: “We all we got, we all we need.”
Hard to argue with that.
Photos: Rodney Alamo Brown