The Longhorns took control early with two touchdowns in the first quarter and a couple more in the second period to take a 28-0 halftime lead, adding one more score in the final eight minutes.
“Obviously, we got off to a good start,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “The offensive line was blocking well, moving the chains, just doing great. We got great play on both sides of the ball.”
Kell handed Riverwood (5-1, 0-1) its first defeat of the season. The Raiders were off to their first 5-0 start since 1986.
Jamari Moore rushed for 115 yards on nine carries, while Khalil Bell scored two rushing touchdowns to lead a strong Kell ground game that gained 223 yards.
It took Kell (5-1, 1-0) only three plays to score on its first offensive series of the game as Bell ran 51 yards to take the ball down to the Riverwood 10 and set up Bell’s 10-yard touchdown run and Cameron Massung’s extra-point kick with 8:53 remaining in the first quarter to give the Longhorns a 7-0 lead.
Kell forced Riverwood to punt on the ensuing series and the Longhorns ran the punt back to the Raider 18 with 5:49 left in the quarter.
It only took two plays for the Longhorns to score, with Matthew McGuigan throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Henkle and Massung making the extra-point kick with 4:59 left to make it 14-0.
Kell scored yet again on its next possession as McGuigan’s 68-yard pass to Michael Valero put the ball at the Riverwood 4 and the Longhorns scored two plays later on Bell’s 2-yard run, with Massung kicking the extra point, to increase the Longhorns’ advantage to 21-0 with 9:53 remaining in the first half.
The Longhorns scored on their fourth consecutive possession when Brendan Langley ran 47 yards on a reverse for a touchdown and Massung added the extra point to push the lead up to 28-0 with 5:58 left in the half.
Riverwood finally got its offense going on its first possession of the second half as Grant Drakeford’s 34-yard pass to Jonathan Goodson took the ball down to the Kell 8 and set up Tyler Blake’s 4-yard touchdown run two plays later, with Xzavier Fleming adding the extra point, to cut the Longhorns’ lead to 28-7 with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter.
Riverwood kept Kell’s offense at bay for most of the second half, but the Longhorns got a golden opportunity when Grant Morgan recovered a fumble at the Raider 6-yard line with 3:16 left in the game.
It took only three plays for Kell to capitalize on its chance as McGuigan scored on a 3-yard quarterback keeper and Massung booted the extra point with 1:59 left to give the Longhorns their final margin of victory.
“Obviously, Riverwood being an undefeated team, came back in the second half as an undefeated team should,” Cook said. “I’m not going to say we let up, because I don’t thing we did. They just came back strong in the second half, played a little harder, executed a little better. I guess it was a 7-7 game in the second half.”