KERENS–It was the Jaylon Harris show Oct. 29 on Senior Night for the Kerens Bobcats, with the fourth-year player scoring four touchdowns and a grabbing key interception during the Bobcats’ 35-28 win over the Axtell Longhorns.
The Kerens victory broke a seven-game losing streak and gave the Bobcats their first district win of the season. Kerens finished the regular season Nov. 5 at Cayuga.
On a night of big plays, Mykel Lattimore struck first with a game-opening 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that gave Kerens a 7-0 lead. Harris got into the act with a 52-yard touchdown run with 4:09 left in the first quarter that gave his team a 14-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, a series of Kerens penalties and a Bobcat punt gave Axtell a short field at the Kerens 32-yard line. Two plays later, Axtell cashed in with a 25-yard touchdown run with 10:30 left in the second quarter. The Kerens defense stopped the Longhorn two-point conversion pass and led 14-6.
Axtell tied the game at 14 with 2:09 left before halftime with a one-yard touchdown and two-point conversion run. After that, Harris electrified the Kerens crowd with a 75-yard touchdown run and 52-yard punt return touchdown within a 43-second span. Even though Kerens had missed the extra point following Harris’ 75-yard run, Lattimore added it back with a two-point conversion run after Harris’ punt return, which gave the Bobcats a 28-14 halftime lead.
Axtell’s first second-half drive ended with a fumble recovered by Aaron Spence at the Kerens one-yard line. The Bobcats recovered another Axtell fumble with five minutes left in the third quarter to snuff another Longhorn drive.
An Axtell touchdown and two-point conversion cut the Kerens lead to 28-22 with 4:40 left in the game. After recovering an onside kick, Axtell marched for another touchdown, scoring from four yards out with 39 seconds left in the game.
That’s when Harris stepped up on defense to intercept a two-point conversion pass that would’ve given the Longhorns the lead. Following a short kickoff and penalty on Axtell, Kerens took over at the Longhorn 42-yard line. From there, Harris ran for a touchdown to put the Bobcats on top, 35-28. Musiq Gunnell intercepted a last-gasp Longhorn pass with four seconds left at the Kerens 25-yard line.