The Kennedy Cougar football team has had a historic start to its 2021 season. In their first three games, they outscored their opponents 103-34, led by a suffocating defense, which has 9 sacks, 41.5 tackles for. losses and 5 interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns by junior Dominic Mann.
They also have a balanced offensive attack. Freshman quarterback Carson Blietz, who threw for 463 yards and 8 touchdowns while throwing just one interception. RB Jazan Williams totaled 367 of the Cougars’ 469 rushing yards, including 184 yards against Iowa City West in Game 1 of the season.
Over the weekend, the Des Moines Register released its Iowa High School Football rankings. Although he didn’t play last week due to Jefferson’s forfeit, Kennedy was ranked number one, having slowly climbed the rankings throughout the season.
The previous No.1 team in the state was the Southeast Polk Rams. They are led by American safety half Xavier Nwankpa, attacking tackle Kadyn Proctor and running back Titus Christiensen. The Rams suffered a 21-7 loss last Friday to the now No. 2 team in the State â Ankeny Eagles. The Eagles led offensive back Colin Kadoph’s 150 rushing yards and defensive end Braden Simonsen’s 9 tackles, including 4.5 behind the line of scrimmage and 1 sack.
The rest of the season promises to be favorable for the Cougars. The highest ranked team they will face the remainder of the season are the # 8 Cedar Falls Tigers on October 1 in Kingston. They will also face # 10 Dubuque Senior on September 23 at home. They also play 2-2 Johnston arrives in Kingston on Oct. 15 and the Cougars visit Dubuque Hempstead. Despite a 1-3 start, Hempstead beat Kennedy 38-20 last year.
Kennedy has a good chance of securing his very first state title, but nothing is guaranteed until November at Cedar Falls.