Jack­son throws for four touch­downs, as Kent Is­land runs clock on JMB and im­proves to 2-0

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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.

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