Jones beats odds in inspirational return; New Kent trounces Bruton
Playing in a postponed football game from Sept. 14, New Kent’s Trojans traveled to Bruton to take on a rebuilding Panthers team during a Tuesday night contest. However, a more-inspiring story blossomed from the contest.
Juan Mikel Jones, a junior for New Kent, returned to the gridiron for the first time after receiving a heart transplant earlier this year. The fighting Trojan not only beat the odds to make a recovery, but hit the field, sacking Bruton quarterback Adam McMillion in the second quarter. New Kent played inspired ball throughout the contest, dominating Bruton and easing their way to a 56-8 victory.
New Kent jumped out ahead behind the legs of Evan Branch. The senior back carried the ball only seven times, amassing 146 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a score as well. Quarterback Brody Smith passed for 101 yards and rushed for two touchdowns as well. Adam Cable’s tote accounted for one score. New Kent led 49-0 at the intermission break and an additional touchdown in the second half. The Trojan defense held Bruton to less than 50 total yards, with Jeremy Hughlett intercepting McMillion twice on the night.
Head coach John Fulks made a brief comment when heading into Friday night’s contest against powerhouse Lafayette.
“It’s going to take a strong effort and we are going to have to stop their potent offense,” the victorious coach said. “We have to play near perfect and guys are going to have to step up and play non-mistake football.”
New Kent ups its record to 4-2 on the season.