October 1, 2013 | 256 views
Kennedy knocks off South Side
For the third time in as many years, Kennedy’s football team thrived under the lights in its homecoming game.
The Cougars scored on defense, offense, and special teams last Friday night on the way to knocking off South Side, 17-0, in a Conference II game played before a bleacher-filled crowd. It was the first career coaching win for Tim Dolan, who praised Kennedy’s resiliency after two tough losses out of the gate. Both teams are 1-2.
“It feels great,” Dolan said. “The kids fed off the crowd and played with a lot of energy and intensity. We weren’t back on our heels like we were in the first two games. We were more aggressive.”
For the Cyclones, who were coming off a solid 21-point victory over Westbury, the outcome was disappointing. “We came in feeling confident, but it was a sloppy game all around,” South Side head coach Phil Onesto said.
It was scoreless until less than three minutes remained in the first half. That’s when senior Timothy Kutil made the most of a second chance. On South Side’s previous possession, Kutil just missed picking off a pass with an open field in front of him. When opportunity knocked again, he gave the Cougars a 6-0 lead with a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“The first one hit me in the helmet,” said Kutil, who set up John Austin-Emory’s third-quarter touchdown with a 37-yard catch off a screen. “I jumped the route, but I missed it. I was really glad another opportunity came. The guys did a great job blocking after I caught it.”
Dolan said Kutil’s play was the biggest for the defense so far in 2013. “Nothing gives a team more momentum than a pick-six,” he said. “It was a spark we needed.”
The Cyclones drove into Kennedy territory twice in the opening half but failed to come away with points. Junior Luke Scaduto, who had 90 yards rushing, recovered a fumble at the Cougars 20-yard line with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter to put the offense in striking range. But problems snapping the ball led to a 12-yard loss on second down and a botched field-goal try on fourth down to end the threat.