It might have been East Jefferson’s first contest in Class 5A in over a decade but not much else has changed for the Warriors.
East Jefferson rode its patented triple-option attack for 135 rushing yards and cruised to a 19-0 victory over Grace King in the Kiwanis East Bank Jamboree on Thursday night at Joe Yenni Stadium.
“We wanted to work some of our young guys in (Thursday), but we did a pretty good job of executing,” East Jefferson coach Marc Martin said. “We don’t plan on changing what we do just because of the change in classification. Our job is to make people adjust to us.”
Grace King shanked a punt after its first possession, putting East Jefferson in prime scoring position and allowing them to get the offense going early.
Quincy Cummings started things off for East Jefferson with an 18-yard touchdown run. After forcing the Irish into a turnover-on-downs on their next possession, Cummings broke a 30-yarder to put the Warriors in scoring position.
Two plays later, quarterback Delven Davis pushed his way into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run that increased the East Jefferson lead to 13-0.
Cummings led all Warriors with 59 rushing yards and a touchdown.
“It was important for us to just come out and get ourselves going on offense early,” Cummings said. “Coming out and scoring on our first two chances was big just for our confidence.”
After dominating much of the first half with the running game, Martin displayed that his triple-option attack was capable of creating explosive plays through the passing game when Davis connected with wide receiver Malcolm Robinson on a 32-yard pass late in the first half — his only attempt of the half.
On the next play Robinson scored on a 5-yard touchdown run that gave the Warriors a 19-0 lead heading into halftime.
“I think we did a really good job of executing. At this point we just have to work out some of the small details,” Martin said. “It’s important in these early games just to get some stuff on film, so we can analyze where we are and begin improving where we need to.”
Grace King, which won’t be competing for district honors in 8-4A this year, played valiantly, but turnovers stopped them from putting any points on the board.
Running back Russell Kelly led the Irish offense with 15 carries for 54 yards.