Vik­ings dom­i­nate Golden Beavers

Of­fen­sive out­burst, seven turnovers spark big vic­tory

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - High School Football - By Steve Rot­stein

A clash Fri­day night for Three Rivers Con­fer­ence supremacy be­tween Sto- Rox and WPIAL Class 2A No. 4- ranked West­ern Beaver was ex­pected to be a bat­tle of the Vik­ings’ ex­plo­sive of­fense ver­sus the Golden Beavers’ suf­fo­cat­ing de­fense.

In­stead, it was Sto- Rox who dom­i­nated on both sides of the ball, forc­ing seven turnovers on de­fense and blowing the game open with a sec­ond- quar­ter bar­rage on its way to a 50- 14 home win. Sopho­more quar­ter­back Josh Jenk­ins had an­other sen­sa­tional out­ing for the Vik­ings ( 5- 1, 3- 1), com­plet­ing 10 of 13 passes for 191 yards and three scores while also adding a 4- yard rush­ing touch­down and an 11- yard touch­down re­cep­tion.

“He’s an amaz­ing tal­ent,” StoRox coach LaRoi John­son said of Jenk­ins. “He can play all over. He can play any po­si­tion on the field if we re­ally need him to.”

The Vik­ings de­fense came out fast and ag­gres­sive from the open­ing whis­tle and caused havoc for West­ern Beaver all game long, hold­ing the Golden Beavers ( 5- 1, 3- 1) to 115 yards of of­fense on the night. Se­nior Dakari Brad­ford caught both of West­ern Beaver’s touch­downs and fin­ished with three catches for 47 yards.

“We just con­stantly stress rip­ping the ball out, in­ter­cep­tions and re­turn­ing it back to the crib,” John­son said. “We don’t al­low any play to stop in prac­tice if there’s an in­ter­cep­tion or a fum­ble. We let it go, be­cause we want to make sure that we get in our men­tal­ity that we take things to the house.”

Af­ter an in­ter­cep­tion by Drevon Miller- Ross, Sto- Rox sopho­more Zay Davis opened the scor­ing with a 7- yard touch­down run fol­lowed by a 2- point con­ver­sion. West­ern Beaver then an­swered with a scor­ing drive, capped off by a 10- yard touch­down catch by Brad­ford, mak­ing it 8- 7.

Jenk­ins’ 4- yard touch­down run and an­other 2- point con­ver­sion by Davis made it 16- 7, then Jenk­ins found sopho­more Jay­mont Green- Miller for a 14- yard score fol­lowed by yet an­other 2point con­ver­sion by Davis. Jenk­ins then con­nected with MillerRoss on a 37- yard touch­down just be­fore half­time, and the rout was on.

Green- Miller caught five passes for 91 yards and a touch­down, while Miller- Ross fin­ished with four catches for 52 yards and a score to go with two in­ter­cep­tions.

“They came out with a lot of emo­tion tonight. They’ve got a heck of a team,” Golden Beavers coach Ryan Mat­sook said. “They’re the best team we’ve faced thus far. ... I think they put them­selves in that ech­e­lon as one of the top four teams [ in Class 2A], in my opin­ion.”

Af­ter catch­ing the first touch­down of his high school ca­reer to put the Vik­ings up, 37- 7, in the third quar­ter, Jenk­ins went back un­der cen­ter and made per­haps his two best throws of the night — al­though one of

them didn’t count.

First, Jenk­ins lofted a per­fect 47- yard com­ple­tion down the left side­line to sopho­more Deigo El­lis, which set up a 13- yard touch­down pass to se­nior Dion­tae Givens, Jenk­ins’ fifth touch­down of the game. On the pre­vi­ous play, Jenk­ins — who is left­handed — scram­bled out of the pocket to his right and fired a strike into the end zone while on the run for a would- be touch­down, but the play was called back be­cause of off­set­ting penal­ties.

Per­haps the most fright­en­ing

de­vel­op­ment out of this game for Sto- Rox’s fu­ture foes is that Jenk­ins wasn’t the only quar­ter­back get­ting it done for the Vik­ings. Austin Jones, a ju­nior, com­pleted 10 of 15 passes for 66 yards and also ran the ball 11 times for 72 yards and a touch­down, putting the fin­ish­ing touches on StoRox’s vic­tory with a 4- yard score.

“We just work re­ally hard,” Jenk­ins said. “We just come out here and work ev­ery day, and just try to come out with the best re­sults.”

With the win, the teams move

into a tie for first place in the Three Rivers Con­fer­ence with one week left in the reg­u­lar sea­son. The Vik­ings haven’t lost on the field yet this year, with their only loss com­ing via for­feit in Week 1.

“My job was to create a cul­ture that they loved, and I think we’re do­ing that,” John­son said. “It’s about love, it’s about broth­er­hood — it’s not about any­thing other than sup­port­ing each other and try­ing to do the best we can to make a way to be great peo­ple be­fore great foot­ball play­ers.”

Matt Freed/ Post- Gazette

Sto- Rox wide re­ceiver Jay­mont Green- Miller pulls in a pass for a touch­down against West­ern Beaver de­fen­sive back Zach Sch­warz.

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