Jackson throws for four touchdowns, as Kent Island runs clock on JMB and improves to 2-0
SALISBURY — Fresh off a 50-0 rout victory at home to start the season, the Kent Island High football team made its first road trip of the year Saturday.
Whereas Week 1’s tilt was against Snow Hill, a small Class 1A school, Week 2’s tilt for the 2A Buccaneers was against James M. Bennett. Bennett, a Class 3A school, has the second-highest enrollment in the Bayside Conference behind Stephen Decatur.
It didn’t matter to the Buccaneers, who scored 79 seconds into the game, led the rest of the way, and ran the clock for all but 75 seconds after halftime in a 47-13 win.
Kent Island improved to 2-0 with the victory; Bennett now stands 1-1. The Bucs host Kent County at 7 p.m. Friday, while Bennett visits Nandua, Va., at the same time.
“I think we’ve still got a few things we need to work on; we made a few mistakes,” Buccaneers coach Damian Ferragamo said, “but I think we’re at right about where I thought we’d be at this point in the season.”
Kent Island senior quarterback Trent Jackson (9 for 15 passing, 195 yards, four touchdowns, NFL passer rating of 143.8), sacked on his first drop back, threw an incompletion on his next. But on his third try, on third-and-17 from his team’s 24-yard line, hit receiver J.C. Getz nearly in stride at midfield; Getz took off from there to complete the 76-yard scoring play.
Sophomore Joe Garvey’s point-after kick made it 7-0 in favor of the guests with 10 minutes, 41 seconds to go in the first quarter.
“Made a couple of mistakes early — blew a coverage on that first touchdown — and then we proceeded to turn the ball over three times in a row,” Bennett coach Glenn Gibson said. “You just can’t make mistakes like that, especially not turning the ball over in your own red zone.”
Kent Island lost the ball first, though, fumbling at the Bennett 2-yard line. But on the next play from scrimmage, Bennett gave it right back at their own 6. Kent Island wasted no time on the ensuing possession, Jordan Walker finding the end zone to make it 13-0 after a missed PAT kick, with 90 seconds left in the first period.
Bennett quarterback Joey Blake was picked off on his next pass; the interception, by Getz, set up the next Bucs’ drive at the Bennett 45. Jordan Marciano found paydirt from 15 yards out on the fourth play after that, pushing the visitors’ lead to 20-0.
Kent Island, having forced the Clippers to pass more as the half wound down, took advantage of the time savings that resulted from incomplete Bennett passes; Blake completed just two passes during the first three quarters, while the running game managed 125 total yards, 113 by tailback Diondre Carter.
In the final 5:36 of the first half, Jackson threw three more touchdown passes, of 29, 39 and then 30 yards, while Brandon Galloway rushed for one more, his 41-yarder with 1:43 to go before the break putting Kent Island ahead 40-0 and setting up a second-half running clock.