The Longhorns (10-0) scored two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters, then put up three more in the third to earn a No. 1 seed for the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
Kell, however, won’t have as much of a cakewalk as some other No. 1s might have. It will have to face county rival Allatoona, which sank to the No. 4 seed of Region 5AAAAA after losing its final two games.
The Longhorns also wrapped up their first undefeated regular season since 2010.
“Our guys put a lot of work in during the offseason, and we did what we had to do to earn the No. 1 seed,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “I can’t say enough about our seniors, and our assistant coaches did a great job of preparing us all year. I’m just happy to get this. We’ll enjoy this briefly. Then, we have to get ready for what we have next.”
Jay Moxey rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while Cameron Rosendahl completed 12 of 14 passes for 121 yards and two scores, while also rushing for another score. Rosendahl played the entirety of the game as starter Matthew McGuigan nursed a sprained ankle.
The Longhorns scored on their first possession of the game, as Darian Harris’ 4-yard touchdown run led to a 7-0 lead with 5:34 remaining in the first quarter.
After Cambridge (3-7) went three-and-out and punted the ball on the ensuing series, it took Kell only two plays to score again as Moxey’s 33-yard run moved the ball to the Bears’ 31 and set up Rosendahl’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Armstrong at the 4:03 mark.
Kell got the ball back soon after that as Derrick White intercepted a pass from Cambridge quarterback Brian Moore to give the Longhorns possession at their own 32 with 1:57 remaining in the first quarter.
The Longhorns proceeded to go on an 11-play, 68-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Rosendahl.
Kell scored again about 3 minutes later as Moxey scampered in on a 20-yard run to increase the Longhorns’ advantage to 28-0 with 7:44 left.
Kell struck once more on the first possession of the second half, as Moxey ran the ball 59 yards on the first play to take it to the Cambridge 10, setting up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rosendahl to Errol Breaux.
Itabari Mason was the next one to score for Kell as he ran the ball 9 yards for a touchdown to give the Longhorns a 42-0 lead with 7:43 remaining in the third quarter.
Cambridge was finally able to move the ball deep into Kell territory late in the third quarter as Moore led a drive that took the Bears to the Longhorns’ 10.
But it was Kell that ended up scoring as Julian Burris intercepted a pass from Moore in the end zone and ran it back the other way 100 yards for a touchdown to make it 49-0 with 2:08 left.
Cambridge did finally get on the scoreboard towards the end of the game as Moore scored on a 1-yard run with 2:25 left.
Cook praised his senior class, who were playing their final regular-season games in Kell uniforms. The four-year Longhorns have been with the team for a stretch of 41 wins to just six losses.
“This group of seniors, they’re amazing,” Cook said. “They’ve won so many games. They know how to approach the work week, and they do a good job of working hard and doing all the little things to be prepared well. The young guys have followed their example, so we’ll continue in the direction we’ve been going.”