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Jared Jenkins had a huge day vs. Emmaus. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ Jared Jenkins had a huge day vs. Emmaus. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Freedom football beats Emmaus

Friday, October 18, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

When a quarterback plays nearly flawless football, the chances of that team winning are exceedingly high. When your quarterback sets single game records, well, you know how this will end.

Jared Jenkins put on a passing clinic in Freedom’s 63-28 mercy-rule win over Emmaus last week and it was a night to remember for the senior signal caller.

Jenkins set Freedom single-game records with 426 yards and 25 completions (on 29 attempts) to go along with four touchdown passes, as the Patriots (7-1) had little trouble eventually pulling away from Emmaus (4-4).

On a night where Jenkins made it look easy, he certainly got help from his teammates to shine.

“When my line gives me a time, I have an opportunity to play well,” said Jenkins. “It doesn’t mean that much to me get these records. The guys around me are a huge part of any success I have, so I hate to see it going to my name, but winning the game was the biggest thing for me.”

After trading punches with Emmaus through the first half, the game was tied at 21-21 before the Pates went on a 42-7 run to end the game.

Gabe Caton was the major beneficiary of Jenkins’ big night, as he reeled in seven catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. Vince Reph also had seven catches for 100 yards.

For head coach Jason Roeder, last week’s performance was one of the best he’s seen during his tenure at Freedom.

“It was an impressive offensive performance from all of our guys, from the coaches to the players,” said Roeder. “When you look at the throws Jared was making and the catches our receivers were making, it was great to see. Even as a head coach, I found myself giggling at some of the throws he was making.”

The Pates now gear up for a Saturday trip to play Central Catholic (5-3), as Jenkins mentioned the team is already in “championship mode” heading down the stretch with two regular season games left on the docket.

“We always strive to be better,” Jenkins said. “Coach always talks how we’re in championship mode and we still have plenty of work to do.”