Before last Friday night's nonleague contest, the Twin Valley High School football team came onto the field for warm-ups early, and they stayed on the field longer than Kennett.So when it was time to play the game, the host Raiders weren't just warmed up, they were red-hot and lit up the Blue Demons to the tune of 39-9.
Twin Valley (1-2 overall) won every phase of the game as it gained 307 total yards of offense, compared with only 130 yards for Kennett.
"It is a weight room game," said Kennett head coach Jim Donato. "They lined up in the I [formation] and ran right at us. There was nothing secret. They were just more physical than we were."
Twin Valley used a one-two punch in the backfield with power back Zachary Hunter, who tallied two short touchdown runs, and speedster Mariano Cocco, who blitzed the Blue Demons for 130 yards and a score on 12 carries.
Kennett (0-3 overall) began the game with some early offensive progress but continually made costly errors. Twice, the Blue Demons strung together consecutive first downs and seemed to be putting something together, only to snap the ball well above quarterback Ben Petrak's head. They lost a total of 48 yards on the two blown plays.
"Those things kill you," Donato said of the errant snaps. "A good team won't get away with those things, let alone Kennett."
The lone bright spot for the Blue Demons was a 19-yard touchdown run in the waning moments of the game by Pedro Guerrero Rojas.