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Jenkins, Knights upend CMA, 34-7
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CMA TAILBACK IAN BENTON is dragged down by North Centrals Omar Johnson following a short gain in first quarter action from Fridays game in Boonetown. - photo by Photo by Tom Didato
Having held their own in a first half which ended with his team trailing North Central, 20-7, Camden Military Academy head coach Will Rice saw his worst fears realized early in the third quarter.“They’re starting to lean on us,” he said of the host Knights’ getting the better of things along both the offensive and defensive lines against Rice’s Spartans.It was a short third quarter scoring drive and a 50-yard punt return from Antonio Park for a score which would put the guests away as NC improved to 2-1 on the season in handing CMA a 34-7 loss in the visitors’ opening game.On a night in which they had to play many a player on both sides of the ball, the Spartans took a blow in the second quarter when starting linebacker and running back, Brandon Crandall, was taken off by ambulance with a dislocated right elbow. Having suited up just 24 players, Rice said the numbers game and NC’s size and speed along both lines caught up with his squad.“They started blowing us off the ball and gave the ball to five (William Jenkins) and, he’s a horse. He was hard to bring down all night,” Rice said of his team’s third quarter problems.Jenkins, NC’s junior tailback, led all rushers with 163 yards on 17 carries with a pair of trips into the end zone.

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