Kenneth Jinkins Leads Impressive St. Scholastica Victory, 49-13
The St. Scholastica Saints welcomed Crown College on Saturday, and delivered one of the most complete performances of the season, moving to 4-0 with a 49-13 victory. The Saints jumped out a 42-0 lead, thanks to a punt return and an interception return by Kenneth Jinkins. Four interceptions aided the victory in a game that saw the Storm dominate the time of possession despite being defeated soundly.
Heading into the half the Saints would hold a 21-0 lead. Their first score came after St. Scholastica made a play on special teams. Crown attempted to punt, but a fumble led to a recovery at the Storm 17. On the next play, Kyle Stepka passed to Aaron Olson for 17-yards and the touchdown.
On the next possession for the Storm they were forced to punt after just three -plays. Nathan MacGilfrey got off a great punt, going 43-yards to Jinkins at his own 40. The returner then made some great moves before racing 60-yards for a touchdown. That made it 14-0.
In a span of less than two minutes the game had changed drastically. In the second, the Saints would extend their lead. Stepka had two big pass plays to begin the drive, but it would look like the possession would stall when it was fourth and 4 at the 12. It looked like the Storm had made a big stop, but a personal foul call gave St. Scholastica a first down. Teddy Gildersleeve scored from six-yards out to make it 21-0.
In the third quarter a turnover would give the Saints the ball at the Crown 38. On the next play, Stepka found Hunter Thompson for the touchdown to make it 28-0.
Mistakes were really coming back to haunt Crown College, and another one would extend the lead. On third and 5, Ryan Synoground went back to pass, but Jinkins made a great play to step in front of his throw and raced 41-yards for the touchdown, his second interception of the game. That moved the lead to 35-0.
On the next possession for St. Scholastica they would move their lead to six touchdowns. Stepka had a huge completion to Jack Peru early in the drive that went for 22-yards, and a 37-yarder to Aaron Olson went for a touchdown to make it 42-0.
The Storm would finally get in the end zone to start the fourth quarter. Josh Edlund’s 25-yard run for a touchdown capped off a 12-play, 82-yard drive. Of the 12-plays in the drive, 10 were on the ground.
The Crown defense stopped St. Scholastica on their next drive, forcing them to punt. However, a fumble on the return gave the Saints back the ball at the Crown 26. Two plays later, Ben Buthe ran for 15-yards for the touchdown to make it 49-7.
The Storm responded with another touchdown. Back to the ground Crown went, rushing six times in the eight-play drive. Synoground completed two passes on the drive, a 10-yard completion to Thomas Andrews on third and 9 and a 26-yard pass to Andrews that took the ball to the St. Scholastica 16. Matt Michaud scored from one-yard out to make it 49-13. That would be the final.
Stepka finished 13-19 for 204-yards and 3-TDs for the Saints. Olson caught two of those touchdown passes to go along with 65-yards receiving. Edlund led the Crown College Storm with 127-yards rushing and a TD. Michaud added 52-yards and a score on the ground.
The Saints were led on defense by Jinkins who made 7-tackles and had 2-interceptions. August Marleau added 12-tackles and Jonathan Senger made 9-tackles and had an interception.
Next week Crown welcomes Westminster to St. Bonafacius. Kickoff is 12 PM.
By Robert Pannier