WK 2 FB PREVIEW: Batavia at East Clinton


The big disappointment for East Clinton coming out of last week’s 56-0 loss to Clinton-Massie was not the final score.

But rather, a situation late in the first half when starting quarterback Brendan Jenkins went down grasping his knee. He was replaced by Gunner Neanover, who finished the game.

The immediate thought was Jenkins was out for the year, but EC head coach Jeremy Yankey says that is not the case.

“Jenkins had a knee sprain,” Yankey said. “We initially thought it may be worse but he is OK and will play this week.”

Originally scheduled for Friday night, the Astros will host Batavia 7 p.m. Thursday, according to EC athletic director Jim Marsh. The move was made based on Friday’s weather forecast, Marsh said.

The Bulldogs opened with a 35-6 win over Williamsburg.

“They beat us (26-21) week one last year at their place so I believe that they are coming into this game a very confident team,” said Yankey. “They have a very aggressive defensive front and a good running game from the wing-T formation that they use. They have a place kicker who is accurate having made all five of his (extra point) attempts last week.”

In the opener, Yankey was pleased with a couple things, health of Jenkins aside.

“We played he entire game without a penalty,” said Yankey. “I felt good about our guys attitude and effort throughout the entire game.”

East Clinton could must just 42 yards of offense against the vaunted Falcons’ defense. The Astros had 12 rushes for -5 yards.

“We were not able to put together any type of offense,” he said.

Conversely, the Falcons ran 45 times for 461 yards.

Yankey also felt good about the play of Tristan Burkitt who had five tackles, and Austin Arellano, the EC punter.

“Austin did a good job of getting punts off when Massie should have blocked a couple,” said the coach.

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East Clinton’s Grant Elzey (33) and Wyatt Floyd (9) zero in on Clinton-Massie running back Cody Collingham (35) during last Friday’s game at Frank lrelan Field.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/08/web1_FB1_ec33elzey_9floyd_cmcollinghamMH.jpgEast Clinton’s Grant Elzey (33) and Wyatt Floyd (9) zero in on Clinton-Massie running back Cody Collingham (35) during last Friday’s game at Frank lrelan Field. Mark Huber | News Journal

By Mark Huber

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