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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Trojans run wild on Cardinals

Trojans run wild on Cardinals

Fans around the area got months worth of athletic relief this weekend as high school finally got rolling in the area. It’s safe to say that junior halfback Deon Jenkins was ready for the season, too.

Jenkins rushed for 361 yards and six touchdowns Friday as the Trojans roared to a 50-21 victory over E.D. White in the season opener in Mathews.

Coach Keith Menard said the Trojans’ halfback did a little bit of everything in the win, but perhaps most impressive was the that fact that he also remained humble, thanking his offensive line throughout the game for their blocking down the field.

“We talked to him after the game and he told us it was because he got great blocking,” Menard said. “So that’s great to hear. And he’s telling the truth. Our kids up front did a nice job. But look, let’s be honest, Deon made some great runs and once he got in space, he was awfully hard to tackle. And we didn’t over use him. You’d see the yards and think he got the ball 40 times, but we kept him at 27 carries. It was just great to see and a great start to our year.”

The Trojans pounced on the Cardinals early and often, controlling the pace of play throughout the game.

Jenkins had 184 yards and four of his touchdowns early in the game, helping the Trojans explode to a 36-0 lead late in the first half.

The Cardinals got their brightest moment of the game just before halftime when quarterback Brandon Legendre scored a touchdown which sent the game to halftime with the Trojans on top 36-7.

Legendre also struck for two other touchdowns in the second half and had more than 200 yards rushing in the game.

But the Trojans had scores of their own in the second half, keeping the Cardinals at arm’s length and well under control.

“Their quarterback is a special player and we knew that,” Menard said. “Defensively, we gave up a few, but I thought we did a nice job throughout the game. We missed some tackles and they made some plays, but we did a nice job keeping them in check.

With the win, the Trojans move to Week 2 and a date with George Washington Carver. The Rams beat the Trojans 52-44 last year in one of the wilder games of the season.

Menard said he expects another fun one this season, though he hopes the Trojans can get the win.

“They’ll have athletes. They’ll run their spread. It’s just up to us to stop it,” Menard said. “But we’re working on fixing some of the things on our end, too, and it’s always better and easier to do that when you’re 1-0. That just tastes a little better and feels better, as well.”