The Jenkins Cavaliers hope to notch their fourth win of the season Friday night when they visit Jackson County High School in McKee.
The Class 3A Generals (1-3) enter the contest a week after notching their first win of the season at Trimble County, a game they won 18-0.
Coach Eric Ratliff’s Class 1A Cavaliers had last weekend off after defeating Paintsville 28-22 at home the week before in front of a packed house to make their record 3-1 on the year. The Cavaliers have rallied around their new coach to get off to their best start in more than a decade.
In the September 7 game, Jenkins fell behind 7-0 late in the first quarter after a 12- yard touchdown run by Paintsville quarterback Matt Daniels. The Cavaliers struck back early in the second quarter when freshman quarterback Andrew Oliver punched through the line for a one-yard touchdown. Aaron Holcomb connected on the extra point to tie the score at 7. Paintsville drove right down the field and running back Adam Helton ran a toss sweep around the right side and reached the end zone from eight-yards out. The extra point was good and Paintsville was ahead 14-7 late in the second quarter. Cavalier senior running back Ryan Bentley had an 11-yard touchdown right before halftime and Halcomb made the extra point to tie the game at 14 heading into halftime.
The Cavaliers came out fired up in the second half and the defense held Paintsville in check the entire third quarter. The offense had a methodical drive that ended in a Cody Childress six-yard touchdown run. The extra point gave Jenkins their first lead of the game 21-14.
Early in the fourth quarter Coach Ratliff dialed up some trickery and ran a halfback pass. Bentley threw a perfect pass to receiver Josh Collins who took it in from 38-yard out. Halcomb connected on his fourth extra point of the game to make the score 28-14 in favor of Jenkins.
Paintsville quarterback Matt Daniels scored late in the fourth quarter and the two-point conversion was successful but it was too little too late and Jenkins won the contest 28-22.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m.