It wasn’t pretty, but the Kennedale Wildcats will take it.
Running back Donovan Rubin ran for 67 yards and two scores as Kennedale survived with a penalty-filled 28-13 win over the Fort Worth Dunbar Wildcats in a District 6-4A Division I game Thursday at Clark Stadium.
The game was in doubt until late in the fourth quarter. Dunbar running back Landdrwell Butler’s two-yard touchdown run cut Kennedale’s lead to 21-13 with 2:23 left in the game.
Dunbar (2-4 overall, 1-2 District 6-4A Division I) had Kennedale (6-2, 4-0) in a third-and-15 at the Kennedale 40 on the ensuing series, but a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Dunbar gave Kennedale a first down at the Dunbar 45. Kennedale’s Antwone Parker darted up the middle for the score on the next play to put the game out of reach.
Kennedale took its opening drive 69 yards in seven plays, capped by a 34-yard scoring run by Rubin, to take a 7-0 lead with 7:58 left in the opening quarter.
Dunbar answered early in the second quarter on a 36-yard scoring pass from Leon’te Cooper to Aaron Cooper to tie the game. The score was set up after a failed fake punt attempt by Kennedale that gave Dunbar the ball at the Kennedale 44.
Rubin gave Kennedale a 13-7 lead on a 13-yard run with 11:30 left in the third quarter. Kennedale defensive back Antwone Watson’s fumble recovery set up the play.
There were 28 total penalties in the game, Kennedale 12-146 and Dunbar 16-157, with two against Dunbar for 30 yards on the same play that set up Marlete Joyner’s 24-yard TD run for Kennedale. It gave Kennedale a 21-7 lead with 8:10 left in the third quarter.
Game was over when: Kennedale running back Antwone Parker raced 45 yards for a score with 1:38 left in the game. Dunbar kicked deep and had Kennedale in a third down before an unsportsmanlike penalty on Dunbar gave Kennedale a first down. Parker scored on the next play.
Play of the game: On the second play of the second half, Dunbar quarterback Leon’te Cooper couldn’t handle a bad snap from their own 33 yard line. Kennedale’s Antwone Watson recovered the ball at the Dunbar 13 yard line. Donovan Rubin carried it in on the next play to give Kennedale a 13-7 lead.
Offensive player of the game: Kennedale running back Antwone Parker wound up with 90 yards on 14 carries for Kennedale and the one score on a 45-yard run. Donovan Rubin and Marlete Joyner had 67 and 50 rushing yards, respectively, for Kennedale.
Defensive player of the game: Kennedale safety J.D. Coffey had two interceptions nullified, but Dunbar linebacker DaQuintin Wright was probably the most dominant. Wright was in on numerous tackles, many in the Kennedale backfield.
Unsung hero of the game: Dunbar quarterback Leon’te Cooper slung the ball all over the field keeping Dunbar in the game. Cooper was 13-of-32 passing for 146 yards and one touchdown.
What’s next? District 6-4A Division I play continues as Kennedale will host Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. Dunbar will play at River Oaks Castleberry, also at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.