Jackson, Finlay, defense guide Bucs to 3-0
KI blends passing, running, stopping power en route to running-clock blowout of the Trojans
STEVENSVILLE — The Buccaneers’ passing and running games are feeding off each other.
And the Kent Island High football team is feasting on opponents every week.
Senior Trent Jackson completed 8 of his first 9 passes en route to a 177-yard performance under center Friday evening at Andy Schipul Stadium, and classmate Dylan Finlay ripped 139 yards on only 12 carries, as the Bucs laid waste to Kent County, 41-6.
Three of Finlay’s 12 runs went for touchdowns: a 1-yarder and a 3-yard variety, before the shifty tailback broke free for a 47-yard jaunt, the latter triggering the running clock with 10 minutes, 2 seconds left in the third quarter.
Jackson went 10 of 18 for his 177 yards, and found Sean Mooney for a 35-yard TD.
“We’re opening up the passing game this year, a lot more,” Finlay said. “The running backs, we just need to follow our blocks ... the left side (of the line) did great today.
“Trent, he steps up a lot,” Finlay added. “He’s a leader, and he makes the passes when you think he’s not going to make them, it’s opening up the running game a lot more. The lanes are huge this year, people are keying to him a lot more.”
Kent Island has now outscored opponents 138-19 through three games, trailing only North Caroline (135-6) in point differential in the Bayside Conference.
The Bucs’ one bugaboo against the Trojans (0-3) were penalties, something that has plagued them this season, but never has derailed the winning ways. Kent Island committed seven infractions for 65 yards, including a pair of holding calls that nullified TDs in the first half.
Kent Island head coach Damian Ferragamo hasn’t quite unearthed what the source of the penalties are.
“I’m not sure yet,” Ferragamo said. “We’ll have to see the film to see what they called. False start, that’s an easy one, but pass interference and stuff, they don’t bother you that much as a coach, because you’re playing the game and something happens.”
Kent Island’s Dylan Finlay runs the ball Friday against Kent County.