KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Numbers three and four of the vaunted “Four Horsemen” running backfield of the Keystone Heights High football team got their chance to lug the rock Friday night with similar …
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Numbers three and four of the vaunted “Four Horsemen” running backfield of the Keystone Heights High football team got their chance to lug the rock Friday night with similar results as numbers one and two.
“I played a little quarterback in the beginning of the season because that’s where the team needed me,” said Tyler Jenkins, who teamed with “Rodeo” Logan Williams to bash the Crescent City Raiders to the tune of almost 400 yards rushing with six touchdowns in a 56-21 win Friday night amidst Homecoming festivities at Keystone Heights High School. “Now we got a legit quarterback in Conner Guy who is doing a good job and that gets me the ball. I always like running the ball.”
For the Indians, now 7-0, the offensive attack was unrelenting despite missing Horsemen No. 2, senior Kade Sanders, who was nursing a bashed shoulder after administering a rather violent stiff arm last week against Fort White and getting limited carries to Horsemen No. 1, Dalton Hollingsworth, the number six running back in Florida; tops in Class 4A before the Crescent City game.
“You know what we do, run straight forward,” said Keystone Heights coach Chuck Dickinson. “With four guys doing what they do, we get the luxury of sitting one if he gets banged up. He’ll (Sanders) will be alright.”
Dickinson’s Achilles Heel in past seasons has been the late season bang-up list due his small roster.
“With the boys staying in the weight room even during the season, we are staying strong,” said Dickinson. “We get the week off this week to heal up because though we throw a lot of punishment when we play, it takes a toll on our guys to.”
Jenkins and Williams led a 1-2 punch of power and speed for the Indians mostly behind the Keystone Heights Trucking Company, LLC, up front, the run-strong offensive line led by Mason Dicks and Luke Snider who combine with mammoth freshman Tyler Duncan to clear paths.
“With those guys behind us, it’s a win-win situation,” said Dicks, 280 lbs. “We pound up front, they pound past us. It’s fun then they add the breakaway and we score.”
For the game, with the aid of an electrifying punt block by Jerremy Miller in the first half that led to a score, the Indians never took the foot off the gas pedal with Williams punching up with 205 yards on 11 carries with two scores, Jenkins adding 191 yards on 18 carries and four scores, and Hollingsworth adding 87 with one score on 13 carries. Junior Jackson Williams could make the fifth Horsemen if the phrase was available as he got a score late in the game.”
“We just spread the ball around,” said Dickinson. “People don’t see that all four of those guys play defense too. Logan is just as violent as a linebacker as he is as a running back.”
Keystone Heights opened with the initial kickoff and wasted little time in setting the tone for the game with the Indians marching right down the field twice and scoring twice in a 20 second span in the first quarter of the game; Williams behind Dicks on the first one (7:21) and Wiliams again from 12 yards out (7:07) after a fumbled snap recovered by defensive tackle Troy Jeffries, to put Keystone Heights up 14-0.
“I think the defense fires up the offense and vice versa,” said Williams. “They get a big stop or a turnover and we respond on offense and everyone is happy. It’s hard to feel tired when you are dominating.”
On the next series for Crescent City, Miller fired in from the right side to smash the punt of Crescent City’s left-footed punter to put the offense back on the turf.
With 5:42 still in the first quarter, Keystone Heights started at the 29 yard line and sent Jenkins on a one-way flight to paydirt to up the score to 20-0. Hollingsworth got the two-pointer to 22-0.
Crescent City did break with running back Sheldon Patrick breaking for a big gain that Hollingsworth made the stop to set up a possible scoring opportunity, but Guy, yes Conner Guy the quarterback, intercepted an end zone pass to switch the field one more time.
With 4:45 still, still on the clock, a 77 yard run Williams was nullified by flags (holding) before the Indians worked to the Crescent City four yard line to finish with Jenkins bashing in for the score, 28-0, with 35 seconds still in the first quarter.
Crescent City benefited from a 15 yard unsportsmanlike flag to get their first score in the second quarter at 11:05 on a quarterback sneak from two yards out; 28-7.
Starting out their own 24 after the ensuing kickoff, the Indians ran off tackle by Dicks and tight end Caleb Moncrief down the field to put Jackson Williams into the end zone, 34-7, with 10:35 to halftime. Jackson Williams added the two pointer, 36-7.
On their next series, Jenkins broke off left tackle to swipe tacklers down the field for a 38 yard gain to the Raiders 12 yard line.
Dickinson kept sending Jackson Williams into the line before Logan Williams slashed behind Dicks and Moncrief for the score to put Keystone Heights up 42-7 with Hollingsworth adding the deuce, 44-7, with 4:56 left in the half.
A 30 yard run play by Crescent City running back Elijah Hernandez put the Raiders at the Indians 18 yard to set up a touchdown pass, 42-14, with 2:42 left in the half.
Guy, after a pass interference aided a pass attempt to Moncrief, got the Indians to the 12 yard line with a minute left before Jenkins took a shot for the final score of the half; 50-14, with 23 seconds left in the half.
Crescent City would score on their first possession of the third quarter to 50-21.