Gamecocks de­feat Austin Peay de­spite slow be­gin­ning

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By Grant Bene­field

en­ergy, pick each other up, and play to our po­ten­tial. Dur­ing half­time, the coaches didn’t beat around the bush, they told us that we needed to step up and play bet­ter than we did in the first half.”

The Gamecocks picked up some en­ergy in the sec­ond half, af­ter Austin Peay fum­bled a snap that was re­cov­ered by JSU de­fen­sive end Dar­ius Jack­son. Jack­son’s re­cov­ery gave the Gamecocks the ball on the 1-yard line early in the third quar­ter.

Run­ning back Josh Cle­mons cashed in the op­por­tu­nity with his touchdown rush. Cade Stin­nett fol­lowed with the PAT.

The Gamecocks scored again on their next drive with another touchdown rush from Jenk­ins.

Jenk­ins fin­ished the game with 117 yards and two touch­downs on 15 car­ries. He com­pleted 9-of-20 pass attempts for 72 yards and another score.

Dur­ing the game, Jenk­ins be­came the third OVC player in his­tory with 10,000 to­tal yards of of­fense.

Cle­mons de­liv­ered the dag­ger in the fourth quar­ter, a 46-yard touchdown dash to cap the Gamecocks’ scor­ing.

Cle­mons fin­ished the game with 143 rush­ing yards and a pair of touch­downs on 19 car­ries.

“We’ll take the ‘W’ and move on,” Grass said. “The par­ody of the OVC is that any team is good enough to beat any other team on any given day, so we will need to find ways to get bet­ter and im­prove. We played bet­ter the sec­ond half, and you can never be dis­ap­pointed with a win.”

The Gamecocks travel to Rich­mond, Ky., to take on East­ern Ken­tucky on Satur­day.

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