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James Kenan 28, Union 14


WARSAW | James Kenan found itself in an unfamiliar position at halftime on Friday: losing.

Nevertheless, that didn't stop the Tigers from coming out in the second half and imposing their will over Union, as they won 28-14 in the second round of the Class 1AA playoffs, staying undefeated in the process.

"We played pretty good overall," said James Kenan coach Ken Avent, Jr. "We got down 14-7 at half but were able to come out in the second half and get our run game established and play good defense."

Before Friday, the Tigers had only been down during a game twice all year. However, the team's mindset did not change going into the latter half of the game.

"We didn't have the ball a whole lot in the first half," Avent, Jr. said."I told them we can't panic, we just have to go out and do what we do."

The Tigers (12-0) did what they do to perfection with their opening position of the second half, marching downfield behind an effective running game, before tying the score up on Marcelias Sutton's 7-yard touchdown.

The team never looked back after the score, rattling off 21 straight points to defeat the Spartans.

"Our strength up front has been one of our keys," Avent, Jr. said. "We're taking it one at a time right now and hoping we can get us a win next week."

The team moves on to play Red Springs next week in a game that will challenge their lauded defense.

"We're playing Red Springs and they're a spread, passing team so we're giong to have to be good in the secondary.," Avent, Jr. said. "We're going to have to have a good week of practice because that's not something we see a whole lot. But we'll come out this week, practice hard, and see what happens."