Big-play defense leads Sto-Rox past Bishop Sycamore at Wolvarena

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Saturday, August 28, 2021 | 1:58 AM


Sto-Rox’s high-scoring offense will have big nights this season, there’s little doubt about that.

But this season-opening win belonged to the defense. Tre’shaun Barron returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown and the Vikings kept forcing turnovers in a 19-7 victory Friday night over Bishop Sycamore of Columbus, Ohio.

The 19 points would’ve been a season-low a year ago when Sto-Rox averaged 35 per game, but that was of little concern to coach LaRoi Johnson.

“This defense is amazing,” he said. “I told them I don’t care about numbers. I don’t care about stats. The only thing I care about is winning games. If that’s the defense winning games 21-0, that’s fine by me.”

The game was part of the Western Pa. vs. Everyone showcase at the Wolvarena. The two-day Week Zero event continues Saturday with three more games.

Sto-Rox junior Josh Jenkins, who alternates between quarterback and receiver, caught a pair of touchdowns from Austin Jones. The first, a 20-yarder in the second quarter, created a 7-7 tie. A 9-yarder in the third quarter put Sto-Rox ahead 13-7.

Jones finished 8 of 15 for 121 passing yards and two touchdowns.

“The plan was to see everybody play,” Johnson said. “That’s why we moved some people around a little bit. We wanted to get as many people as possible playing.”

Chris Harlan is a TribLive reporter covering sports. He joined the Trib in 2009 after seven years as a reporter at the Beaver County Times. He can be reached at charlan@triblive.com.

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