Kendrick Football - Finally Back In the State Playoffs
November 10, 2012Kendrick High School
It's a long time coming, but the Kendrick Cherokees are headed back to the state playoffs.
Kendrick had three 100-yard rushers and overcame a severe case of fumbleitis to hold off Spencer, 24-20, Friday night at Memorial Stadium to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time since 1999.
"These kids refused to quit tonight," said Kendrick coach Jerry Dukes, whose players celebrated with fans in the bleachers following the win. "They had something to play for tonight with the state playoffs and a five-win season. There was a lot of sentimental reasons to play hard tonight and I'm so proud of my kids." Of Course Coach Dukes was speaking of the passing of AD - Collins Jones' wife. The team was was without Jones on the sidelines but he was heavy on all the players heart.
Kendrick (5-5, 5-3 Region 5-AA) clinched its first season of at least five wins since 2001 and the Cherokees now travel to No. 9 Jefferson (9-1) for the opening round of the Class AA state playoffs next week.
"Our principal has a motto that talks about bringing Kendrick back to greatness and that's what we want to do with our athletic programs as well," said Dukes, who is in his fifth year as head coach. "That's what this is all about. I haven't seen this kind of enthusiasm in the time I've been here."
The amazing part about the night is that The Cherokees were with two of the their star players, Dover and Comar who both had to set out a game due to an altercation that took place in last weeks blowout at Jordan.
Coach Dukes keep telling the guys all week to stay focused and we will be fine, this team is more than just a couple of players, we are united and we will prevail!