ANAHEIM – Kennedy cruised to a 44-13 victory over visiting Western in the Empire League opener at Western High on Friday night.

Junior running back Alonzo Pineda led the way for Kennedy (4-2, 1-0) with two touchdowns and 106 yards rushing in the first half to put the Fighting Irish up 28-6 at the half.

Western (2-3, 0-1) was not helped by the fact that its sophomore quarterback, Anthony Muñoz, went down with an ankle injury on the final play of the half. Muñoz sat out the second half, forcing the Pioneers to run the offense exclusively out of the wildcat.

Western coach Dan Davidson said Muñoz should be fine for next week against Cypress, and that Muñoz probably could have played, but he kept him out as a precaution.

In the first quarter, Kennedy sophomore Ray Aldapa blocked a punt to give the Irish the ball at the Pioneer 13 and set up a touchdown. In the third, senior Noah Tosin blocked another punt and junior Jo Augustine recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Augustine also had a sack for a safety earlier in the third.

Kennedy coach Sean Clark attributed his team’s success to what he said was the best offseason strength and conditioning program they've ever had.

Kennedy senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez contributed with 110 yards through the air, a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown. Rodriguez completed 8 of 11 pass attempts.

Before exiting, Munoz was 8-for-10 for 69 yards and a touchdown.

In the second half, senior Jordan Hawkins and sophomore Aaron Bojorquez led the pioneers in the wildcat. Hawkins led the team with 46 yards rushing on 17 attempts and Bojorquez threw a touchdown pass to junior John Ojelabi in the fourth.

Aldapa, Kennedy's backup running back, also added a touchdown in the fourth, breaking loose for a 75-yard run.

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