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Cavaliers put a stop to long losing streak




A Jenkins defender broke up a pass during the Cavaliers’ road win over Phelps High School in Pike County on October 1. The 42-20 win over Phelps was the Cavaliers’ first of the season and their first in 10 games. Jenkins is coached by Matt Fleming. No. 44 is not listed in the roster Jenkins High School has filed with the Kentucky High School Athletics Association. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

A Jenkins defender broke up a pass during the Cavaliers’ road win over Phelps High School in Pike County on October 1. The 42-20 win over Phelps was the Cavaliers’ first of the season and their first in 10 games. Jenkins is coached by Matt Fleming. No. 44 is not listed in the roster Jenkins High School has filed with the Kentucky High School Athletics Association. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

This win was a long time coming for Jenkins.

Running back Audie Fields scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to put away Phelps as the Cavaliers spoiled homecoming with a 42-20 win in a game played at Johns Creek on October 1.

The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak for Jenkins, which played to a 0-0 score against the Hornets in a game called because of lightning in the 2014 season opener.

Phelps, now 0-6, and losers of 16 straight games, took an early 6-0 lead on running back Dylan New’s two-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 46 seconds left in the opening period.

Jenkins quarterback Darian Slone hit receiver Nate Bates with a 27-yard touchdown pass with 1:05 left in the quarter to pull the Cavaliers even at 6-all.

The Cavaliers took the lead for good when Bates hauled in a 79- yard touchdown pass from Slone with 9:19 left before the halftime break. Slone’s two-point conversion run made it 14-6.

Phelps closed to within two late in the second period following a Jenkins turnover.

Quarterback Cory Stump tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matt Hatfield to make it 14-12 with 35 seconds left in the quarter.

Jenkins pushed its lead to 26-12 after three periods on a three-yard touchdown run by Josh Delph with 7:55 to go and Slone’s oneyard keeper with 4:20 remaining.

The Hornets fought back to close to within 26-20 on running back Dalton Prater’s seven-yard pass play from Stump with 9:49 left to play in the game. Prater added the conversion run.

Jenkins put the game out of reach as Fields ran 40 yards for a touchdown with 7:53 left to play. Slone’s conversion run made it 34- 20. Fields capped the scoring with a 43-yard run with 6:12 remaining. John Holyfield’s two-point conversion run was good.

Both teams return to action on October 9 as the Cavaliers host South Floyd (2-4) and Phelps welcomes Hazard (5-1) to JCE Field.

Teddy Paynter is sports editor for the Pikeville Medical Leader.


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