Whitesburg KY

Cavs ready after final scrimmage

The Jenkins Cavaliers traveled to Betsy Lane Friday to participate in a four-team scrimmage.

The Cavs took on Magoffin County and opened the scoring on a half back pass in the flats from quarterback Chris Puckett to fellow senior running back Johnathan Taylor for a 48-yard touchdown. With the Cavs keeping the ball in this 10-play format the very next play, Puckett kept the ball around left end with good downfield blocking to score from 60 yards away, but the touchdown was called back on a block-in-the-back call.

As the Cavs went on defense, the front line of senior defensive end Josh Potter, junior defensive tackle Nick Fleming, senior defensive guard Heath “Tiny” Fleming, freshman defensive guard Matt Langdeau, junior defensive tackle David Walker, and senior defensive end Justin Hunsaker became a stone wall allowing only a total of seven yards for a series of 10 plays.

The next offensive series brought a touchdown reception by junior tight end Cory Maggard from 42 yards out. Taylor also scored from 35 yards away on an inside hand-off that was bounced outside.

On defense, the Cavs brought more of that tough defense them seem to want to show this year. After Magoffin fumbled on the first play and recovered the ball with no gain, the Cavs held them to 30 yards offense.

Following a break for Jenkins while Magoffin and Betsy Lane scrimmaged, the Cavs took on an opponent they will play later in the year, the Ervington Rebels from Virginia.

The first offensive series against the Rebels resulted in no score, but displayed some very impressive ball carrying by senior running back Stephen Stevens. Although the Cav offense seemed to sputter a little, the defense came through as in the previous scrimmage. After 10 plays, the Rebels gained only two yards. Langdeau, Potter, and Hunsaker seemed to take turns in the Rebel backfield, and Taylor and Stevens cleaned up everything else.

The Rebels were unable to score, so the Cav offense took the field for the final time that night. Taylor took a swing pass in the flat all the way to paydirt from 52 yards away.

The next touchdown came when Puckett showed his experience and composure as the ball was snapped over his head. He collected the loose ball and found junior receiver Matthew Johnson on a perfect strike that resulted in a 60-yard touchdown.

As the Cav defense took the field again, younger players were substituted for the starters to give them some action. The younger defense held the Rebels out of the end zone until the final play on a one-yard plunge.

“Overall, we were well pleased with our kids,” said Jenkins coach Mark Johnson. “If we can keep from having key injuries, I think this team could be special.”

The Cavaliers will open the regular season on the road at Allen Central on Friday night.

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