The Kell football team was looking good at halftime, as the Longhorns' high-powered offense was rolling at home to build a 35-21 lead over Gainesville.
But the Red Elephants put on an offensive showing of their own after that, breaking a 42-42 deadlock enroute to a 61-42 win on Friday in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
For No. 4-ranked Kell, the early loss was a stunner. Star Brendan Langley, playing in his final game for Kell after committing to UGA earlier this week, caught five touchdown passes.
But the Longhorns had no answer for the Red Elephants' quarterback DeShaun Watson, who scored four of his five rushing touchdowns after halftime. He also threw for three more touchdowns.
As Kell coach Derek Cook told The Marietta Daily Journal, Gainesville is "hard to contain defensively."
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Kell finished the season with an 10-2 record, with its only other loss coming to Northeast Cobb rival Lassiter.