Rains magical season ends in regional semifinals
From Staff Reports

Nov. 26, 2005 - MESQUITE - Emory Rains didn't take advantage of the offensive opportunities it had, and that eventually caught up to the Wildcats.

Rains three times penetrated Canton's 20-yard line, but came away with no points, and those shortcomings were too much to overcome against Canton's prolific offense in the Class 3A, Div. II, Region II semifinal played at Mesquite Memorial Stadium Friday night.

The end result was a 42-14 Canton victory that puts the Eagles (12-1) into the regional finals next week against Tatum, a 28-19 winner over Dallas Madison.

Canton quarterback G.J. Kinne, son of the head coach who was shot earlier this year by a disgruntled parent, completed 23-of-39 passes for 234 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

While Kinne enjoyed a productive night, Rains' quarterback, offensive leader and district MVP Tyler Jones suffered an arm injury in the second quarter and did not return.

Twice in the first half the Wildcats drove inside the Canton 20, but turned the ball over on downs and on an interception. That left the door open for Canton to take a 6-0 halftime lead on a 31-yard TD pass from Kinne to Houston Tuminello, the first of three times the pair would hook up on scoring passes.

Things started to fall apart for Rains in the third quarter, beginning with the opening kickoff. Barlow Reid took the kick at his own 13-yard line and returned it 87 yards for a TD. After a conversion pass from Kinne to Tuminello, Canton had a 14-0 advantage.

It became 21-0 shortly thereafter when Rains lost a fumble on its next possession, and Canton turned it into a 10-yard TD pass from Kinne to Tuminello.

The Wildcats got on the board with a defensive touchdown when Errin Farley jumped in front of a Kinne screen pass and returned the interception 35 yards for a TD. Following Derek Hurst's PAT, the score was 21-7.

But, Canton added three more touchdowns - a 7-yard reception by Tuminello, a 1-yard pass from Kinne to Reid, and a 68-yard run by Reid to increase its advantage to 42-7.

Rains' final TD was a 22-yard run by Derrick Tucker that capped a 70-yard drive.

Canton finished the game with 453 total yards, including 154 by Reid on eight carries.

Rains (9-3) was held to its lowest offensive output of the season, 195 yards, all of it rushing. With Jones out of the game, the Wildcats went 0-for-6 passing with one interception.

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