The Jenkins Cavaliers improved to 4-1 after traveling to Jackson County and defeating the Generals by a score of 21-0.
The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie as both team could get little going on the offensive side of the ball. The Generals had their first substantial offensive drive of the game midway through the second quarter and moved the ball into Jenkins territory. Then, Cavalier defender Josh Collins intercepted a pass and took it to the house from 68-yards out. The extra point was made by Aaron Halcomb, and just like that Jenkins led 7-0 and seized momentum of the game.
After forcing a punt, Jenkins freshman quarterback Andrew Oliver showed his poise and found Ryan Bentley for a 35-yard touchdown pass. Halcomb again connected on the kick to give the Cavaliers a 14-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Jenkins offense methodically drove the ball into the Jackson County red zone on their first possession of the third quarter. Oliver capped the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown run and the extra point made the score 21-0. Jenkins cruised from there to secure their fourth win of the season.
It was a big night for Bentley, who also grabbed an interception near his own goal line to stop a Jackson County drive during the impressive victory for the Cavaliers. They went on the road and beat a good 3A school, which bodes well for this week when they travel to face 3A opponent Knott Central.
The defense posted their first shutout of the year and was led by Charlie Cox who has tallied double figure tackles in every game this year. The offense is getting better on a weekly basis and has shown a nice balance of run and pass.
Thus far in the season, Andrew Oliver has thrown for eight touchdowns and rushed for five scores. Cody Childers, who had a big fumble recovery in Friday’s game, has four rushing touchdowns and Ryan Bentley has three rushing touchdowns on the year.
Kicker Aaron Holcomb has been consistent all year long to anchor the special teams for Jenkins.
The Cavaliers travel this Friday to Hindman to face Knott County Central. Their next home game will be October 5 against Pineville.