Heschia Jenkins was aware his team needed a boost of energy, having lost 14-0 at the break on Friday night.
“I knew we needed to start something. When we were down 14-0, people were covering their heads, so I had to start something, and I had to get a jacket,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins provided just that by taking the opening start of the second half from 82 yards home.
This proved to be the motivating factor in a strong second half for Victor Valle football team, which led to a 26-21 victory in the 99th edition of the Axe.
Vector Valley has now won an ax three years in a row.
“This play put the momentum back on our side,” Victor Valle coach Robert Kestner said of the kick-off. “You can kind of feel their side of coming out a little later.”
That wasn’t Jenkins’ biggest play of the night.
With 6:30 left to play with a one-point lead, Barstow led to a nine-yard line with a chance to expand the lead. Midfielder Dwayne Williams tried to pass the ball to Dimitri Curiel in the end zone which floated in the air long enough for Jenkins to catch up with her with a stride.
His stride was never broken as he took the interception from one end zone to the other to give the Jackrabbits a winning margin in the end from 26 to 21.
“I didn’t know what to do at first because I was watching QB,” Jenkins said. “But then I saw the jogger roll so I knew I had to pick him up. He threw a float, grabbed the dropper, and took it home with the linen workers.”
The Jackrabbits have managed to survive Barstow’s recent attempts to retake the league with the same solid defense they’ve played all night.
“The kids had reasons to turn their heads and give up but you know what, they just kept fighting and they kept moving forward,” Kestner said. “That’s what I am most proud of with these guys now. They kept fighting, they kept playing with real strength and good things happened.”
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Victor Valle’s win over Barstow undermined the Desert Sky League standings even further. After defeating Granite Hills to start playing on DSL, Barstow had the chance to win the league title. The Aztecs are now 1-2 and are behind Victor Valley (1-1), who are third behind the Silverado and Adelanto.
Leading 7-0 in the first half, Johntae Drisdom sent a kick in a stride from the 42-yard line and never looked back. The receiver bypassed Victor Valley’s tag team unit to give Barstow a 14-0 lead.
Drisdom struck again with his second non-offensive touchdown in the match in the third quarter. Drisdom intercepted Elliot Beasley in the red and took it back in a pick-six.
Barstow forced Victor Valley to throw from Barstow’s 36-yard line with 1:15 left in the game. The Aztecs never had a chance to drive on the field, although the punctuation was muffled and Victor Valle recovered.
4 – The number of special teams and defensive landings in this game.
26.3% – Success rate carried by Victor Valle’s defense against Barstow.
56 – Victor Valle’s overall points difference in Axe’s three-year winning streak.
Jenkins made the two biggest in the game but isn’t the only Jackrabbit to score two goals in the competition. Deshaun Clark was on the receiving end of two touchdowns from Elliot Beasley.
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Kistner on what that win means: “It’s good for the program. We’ve had our dark times and again, it’s showing progress down the road. And that kind of brings us back in search of an accessory spot, so that’s huge.”
Jenkins on the team mentality: “It gets us ready for play-offs. Since we had a bad start, we just have to start from playing in the league. We are trying to make playoffs and now we just have to get out.”
Barstow has a farewell week before the season concludes against Silverado on October 28. Victor Valley hosts Granite Hills next week before hosting Adelanto to close out the season with potential play-off ramifications.
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