Cain to Jensen has been a fruitful connection
PARACHUTE – Waiting patiently in the pocket, Matt Cain surveys the field. Then he cocks back and launches, sending the ball down the field toward old reliable – also know as Tyler Jensen.The two hooked up six times in Saturday’s 42-14 playoff victory over Burlington, four times for gains of more than 15 yards including a 17-yard touchdown connection. In Cain’s eyes, it’s all Jensen, who propels himself in the air and on many occasions rips the ball away from opposing defensive ends.”All I have to do is throw it up and he goes and gets it,” Cain said. “And I had plenty of time. The line did good, nobody touched me. I could have just sat back there forever.”
Six of seven of Cain’s passes went to Jensen, with the other landing in Burlington hands. Jensen has quite the advantage when he’s running routes, being 6-feet-3-inches tall with a decent vertical, long arms and sure hands. “I know that when he throws it up there, he is going to put it in an area that I can get it. It doesn’t matter who’s on me,” Jensen said. “I feel like he is going to get the job done no matter what we are running.”If fact, Jensen has yet to line up against anyone who can rival his tall and speedy frame.
“Seems like there isn’t a guy tall enough or that can jump high enough yet, but we still have got three games to win (to win state),” he said.The Cain-Jensen connection has been there all year, as the two have teamed up for six touchdowns this season. The two can do long bombs, like the 35-yarder against Burlington, or slants, like the 10-yarder against the Cougars, where Jensen crossed the middle and added a few additional yards running.Grand Valley head coach Mike Johnson credits taking a lot of snaps together as well as talent for the success.
“They have been playing together for a long time. …,” Johnson said. “Those two certainly connected well today.”After Saturday’s win, the Cards will be on the road next Saturday to face Wray in the quarterfinals. The duo will look to continue its strong connection as Grand Valley tries to get further than any Cardinal football team ever has and gets some payback over the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season. “It was fun; we’ll try to head down to Wray and get some revenge,” Cain said.
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