Cory Jenkins stars as Bury Saints crush Farnham Knights
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BAFA Premiership South Bury Saints 38 Farnham Knights 0 The Bury Saints scored their first-ever Premiership shutout in a fine win which means their record is 2-3 at the halfway point of the season.
The home side took the lead nearing the end of the first half, as running back Cory Jenkins took a hand-off and found running room on a breath-taking 78 yard touchdown. The conversion was missed and the score stood at 6-0.
After a quick four-play defensive stand the Saints had the ball again on their own 32 yard line and only needed three plays to score as Evin Reese connected with Damian Clark on a 21 yard TD. The two-point conversion was no good and at the break the Saints led 12-0.
After halftime, a great kick-off return by Dante Gooden got the Saints moving and they drove the remaining 48 yards capped off by a Reese two-yard pass to Jenkins. This time the conversion was good by Rob Giles to extend the score to 19-0.
After another great defensive stand, the offence once again scored quickly in three plays with Jenkins’ third TD of the game from seven yards. Giles nailed the PAT and the score was now 26-0 to the gold and green.
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Free safety Troy Cockerill then stepped in front of a Knights pass at the Bury 5 and raced untouched 85 yards the other way for a Saints’ defensive score.
The PAT failed but the score stood at 32-0, and the Saints still weren’t done.
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Defensive tackle Dan Vicsik stormed into the Knights’ backfield and stripped the ball with Alex Smith picking it up and rumbling towards the end-zone, only to be brought down at the 1-yard line.
Back-up quarterback Francis Hughes snuck in on the next play. The Saints tried a 2 point conversion but it failed and the final score stood at 38-0.
Head coach Christian Cantrill said: “I said to the players before there comes a game in every season where it defines your character as a team – and today was that game.
“We will savour this for a day then get back to work as the London Blitz away in two weeks looms large and we still have work to do to prepare for them.”
The Saints travel to Finsbury Park on Sunday June 18th for their next game, against the powerful London Blitz.