Kalil Jenkins

Kalil Jenkins scored four touchdowns for the Patriots.

Fort Dorchester running back Kalil Jenkins scored four times in the first half and the Patriots’ defense was too speedy and tenacious in a non-region football game at Cane Bay High School on Friday.

The Patriots, ranked third in Class 5A, improved to 2-0 with the 49-0 victory over the Cobras, who have still never beaten Fort Dorchester. The Patriots improved to 6-0 all-time in the series.

Having seen the option last week against Glynn, Ga., the Patriots were dialed in on Cane Bay’s option.

“I thought the defense played well,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “Option teams are hard to prepare for but the good thing is we’ve had two weeks of the option. It was two totally different options but still assignment football. You pin your ears back and find the ball.”

The Patriots preserved the shutout with a goal-line stand in the closing minutes. Fort Dorchester has five sacks and five turnovers in two games this season.

Jenkins scored on runs of 1, 9, 3 and 6 yards as the Patriots took advantage of some short fields to build a 42-0 advantage. The second half was played with a running clock

“We all feel like we played a really good game,” Jenkins said. “Everybody worked hard. We all came together and the scoreboard proved all the work we put in throughout the week.”

Fort Dorchester’s other first-half touchdowns came from Dwayne Wright on a 3-yard run and Joel Seaman on a 35-yard reception from backup quarterback Zolten Osborne.

Wright scored on a 2-yard run for the lone touchdown in the second half.

LaPrad credited offensive linemen Brandon Johnson, Moses Martinez, Jordan Richards, Ronald Williams and Saiyhan Harper for paving the way in the big night offensively.

“Those guys were moving people around up there,” LaPrad said.

The Cobras (1-1) are off on Friday while Fort Dorchester is slated to play in Viera, Fla., pending conditions after Hurricane Dorian.

“It doesn’t look good right now,” LaPrad said. “Really wanted to play. They’re a really good team. We need a good game like that but the good Lord handles that stuff.”

LaPrad would be willing to play a Lowcountry team with an open date on Friday if the trip to Florida fell through.