PALMER — With the first feeling of fall in the air, Palmer hoped for a home win at Bulldog Stadium last Friday evening. Kemp, fresh off of a 57-6 district-opening win against Maypearl, had other plans.
The visiting Yellowjackets soundly defeated their host (2-3, 0-2) Palmer Bulldogs, 47-8.
"We are a good football team, our kids play really, really hard and they play the game the right way," Palmer head football coach Don Waddle said. "If we continue on the path we are on and fix some of the mistakes we have made then we are going to win our fair share of ballgames.”
Kemp won the opening toss and started on its own 30-yd line. A long pass by quarterback Cameron Clamon was caught for good yardage, but the ball was fumbled by the receiver and Palmer recovered the loose pigskin.
Bulldog starting quarterback Wesley Greenlee quickly turned the ball back over to the Jackets by way of an interception.
Kemp then took over on the 29-yd line of Palmer. Jordan Kempf ran for 15 yards and Clamon led his receiver Kane Johnson perfectly to the right corner of the end zone for the first six points of the game.
The PAT try failed.
Clamon had a big night of passing and rushing — and the Jackets never looked back after their first score.
The Bulldogs struggled most of the night on offense, alternating between two quarterbacks several times during the game: Greenlee and Adrian Cisneros. Neither garnered much success on this second Friday district contest.
Despite the good Bulldog effort, Kemp seemed to have a more balanced and physical defense — wearing Palmer’s offense down and completely frustrated their running backs. Other than a few good catches by Bulldog receivers and some late rushing yardage collected by Greenlee, it was a long a night.
The player of the game for the Bulldogs was two-way player Dylan Villasenor. He made some good, solid runs for his team on offense, but his big highlight came on a 72-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs couldn’t cash-in for a score, even with good field position.
The Jackets’ Desmond Tutson stole the show late in the third quarter. The Bulldogs were driving deep in their opponents’ territory, but the QB missed his intended receiver. The ball was then intercepted by Tutson in the end zone. He ran 105 yards for a touchdown, making the score 33-8, Kemp.
Palmer eventually fell 47-8, dropping to 0-2 in District 6-3A. The Bulldogs will take this Friday off before returning to action Friday, Oct. 13 on the road against Maypearl. The Panthers are 3-1 on the season, 1-1 in District 6-3A and face Kerens on Friday.