The Longhorns cruised to a 41-21 victory at the Wolverine Den, thanks to a handful of early mistakes that gave Kell’s potent offense a short field.
Senior defensive back Errol Breaux returned the first of Kell’s three interceptions for a touchdown, and senior wide receiver Julian Burris caught touchdowns of 10 and 51 yards to help the Longhorns (2-0) build a 41-0 lead before Woodstock (1-2) responded with three unanswered scoring drives in the second half with the result well in hand.
“The skill players they had and the size that they had, that’s just even more reason you can’t turn the ball over deep in their territory,” Budde said. “You can’t throw interceptions and have them be run back, but they’re a really good football team. We wanted to see where we are, and I don’t think we actually got a good test because I know we’re better than this.”
The Woodstock defense appeared to have stalled the Longhorns on their first drive of the game, but running back Darian Harris broke to the outside on a fourth-and-3 for a 38-yard touchdown run with 6:05 left in the first quarter. After return man Deante Robinson muffed the ensuing kickoff at his own 1-yard line, Wolverine quarterback Justin Agner went deep over the middle from his own end zone only to be picked off by Breaux, who was able to score virtually untouched.
Agner’s third interception of the first half set Kell up just outside the red zone to start the second quarter, and junior quarterback Cameron Rosendahl struck quickly, finding tight end Evan Carnes over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown. In all, the Longhorns turned three of Woodstock’s four first-half giveaways into points.
“We probably got more than our fair share (Friday),” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “Maybe we caused some, and maybe the ball bounced our way early and we were able to convert those turnovers into some points and build a good cushion at the half.”
Kell’s special teams helped put the game away for good when a long lateral from Burris to Breaux on the second-half kickoff led to a long return and set up the Longhorns at the Woodstock 17. Junior Itabari Mason ran it in to stake disruptive lineman Donnell Greene and the rest of the Kell defense to a 34-0 lead less than 30 seconds into the third quarter.
“We had a little more speed than they did (Friday), and it was hard for them to catch us in the open field,” Cook said.
Agner connected with junior wide receiver Reagan Amos for touchdowns on back-to-back second-half possessions to get the Wolverines on the board.