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Jenkins routs Allen Central in opener

After a slow start, the Jenkins Cavaliers finished strong for a big win against the Allen Central Rebels in last Friday’s season opener.

“A hot, muggy evening with temperatures in triple digits contributed to the sluggish start,” said Cavaliers coach Mark Johnson. “The bus ride at an hour and a half and 100-degree temperature caused our guys to start off flat.”

The Rebels took a botched snap for a punt and turned it into a touchdown, but the point after failed. With Allen Central leading 6-0 early in the first quarter, Johnson called a timeout and gathered his players together. Whatever he said must have worked – the Cavs outscored the Rebels 56-0 during the rest of the game to win 56-6. It was total domination.

Senior running back Johnathan Taylor led the rushing attack with 17 carries for 141 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion. Senior quarterback Chris Puckett ran for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns. Puckett also went 7 of 10 passing with two touchdown passes. Junior receiver Matt Johnson collected one of those touchdown passes on a 70-yard, and newcomer Mike Potter caught the other touchdown pass from 24 yards away.

Senior running back Stephen Stevens also got in the scoring column with a five-yard plunge. Senior running back Brady Dixon capped off the scoring with a 10-yard effort. This followed a long gainer by Dixon of 65 yards. Defensively, the Cavs were led in tackles by Taylor.

“So far this year our defense has been our calling card,” said Cavs assistant coach Randy Johnson, “but it was sure nice to see our offense get into gear like we knew they could.”

The Cavs defense forced Allen Central into three interceptions and two fumbles. Matt Johnson collected two interceptions and Stevens the other one. Defensive end Josh Potter and defensive tackle Nick Fleming each recovered a fumble.

The Cavs came away with an opening win for the first time in several years. They will travel to Betsy Layne Friday to take on a team from Beth Haven Academy in Louisville.

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