Jack­son, Fin­lay, de­fense guide Bucs to 3-0

KI blends pass­ing, run­ning, stop­ping power en route to run­ning-clock blowout of the Tro­jans

Sunday Star - - SPORTS - By AYMAN ALAM aalam@star­dem.com

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.

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