The Jenkins Cavalier football team kicked off its second road game of the season Friday, making the four-hour trip to face off with the Clinton County Bulldogs.
This was the first meeting between the two schools and the matchup did not disappoint. Jenkins was coming off of a bye week that allowed Coach Daniel Sexton to make adjustments to both his offensive line and the quarterback position.
Senior Tyler Holbrook returned to starting center, a position he held last year, taking over for the injured Andrew Watts. There were also changes to the starting quarterback position with senior Randy Potter running the offense. The Cavaliers moved the ball well with Potter using targets Andrew Oliver and Cody Wright, Cole Brown and Audie Fields to march the ball through the Bulldog defense.
A fumble recovery by the Bulldogs on the 40- yard line was converted into the first score of the night for Clinton County. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Cavalier senior Devon Kendricks’s explosive kickoff return put the Cavaliers back in control. The improved performance by the Cavalier line allowed more time for quarterback Potter to highlight both his passing and running abilities. Turnovers were again a problem for Jenkins, though, when a second fumble recovery resulted in the second Bulldog score of the first half with a successful twopoint conversion following.
The Cavalier defense held the next two Clinton County possessions to minimal gains, forcing the Bulldogs to turn over on downs and punting.
As halftime neared, the Cavaliers took possession and began with a 35-yard reception from Potter to Andrew Oliver, putting the Cavaliers once again in scoring position. The drive culminated with a touchdown reception by Devin Kendricks. After a failed two-point conversion, Jenkins kicked off with less than two minutes left in the half.
The Jenkins defense was now in overdrive and forced a Bulldog turnover on the first play of the drive. Potter returned the Cavalier offense to the field with a 49-yard bomb to sophomore Coty Wright. This set up a rushing touchdown by Oliver, followed by a successful two-point conversion by senior Cole Brown.
A penalty-filled second half for both teams began with a Bulldog drive stopped by the Cavalier defense. Both teams traded possessions with neither able to covert points on the board. The Bulldogs finally struck with a score on a kickoff return, followed by another six off of a Cavalier turnover.
Jenkins answered with a scoring drive capped off with a rushing touchdown by Oliver. In the end, the penalties and turnovers were too much for the Cavs to overcome, with a final score of Jenkins 22, Clinton County 48.
The Cavaliers finished with 306 yards total offense. Andrew Oliver had 126 yards total rushing, Randy Potter had 89 passing yards and 89 rushing yards. Cole Brown led the defense with nine solo tackles.
Jenkins is at home this Friday against South Floyd for homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.