CARLINVILLE — Zane Longley got the engine warmed up for the Jersey Panthers Thursday night, but it was teammate Andrew Kribs who was behind the wheel the rest of the way.

Longley gave the Panthers an early 1-0 lead and Kribs scored the next five goals to lead Jersey to a 6-0 victory over Springfield Lutheran High School in the championship game of the Carlinville Kickoff Classic at Loveless Park.

Kribs has 19 goals and six assists in seven games.

In other games at the Kickoff Classic on Thursday, Hillsboro defeated East Alton-Wood River for third lace 2-0, Raymond Lincolnwood edged Carlinville for fifth place 2-1, Gillespie downed Athens for seventh place 2-1 and Staunton beat Metro-East Lutheran for ninth place 3-1.

“We played very well from start to finish,” Jersey coach Scott Burney said. “We moved the ball own the field with spot-on passes and with speed.”

And the Panthers’ defense was none too shabby either.

Jersey notched its sixth shutout in seven games and ran its overall mark to 7-0. The only goals Jersey has given up so far this season were two penalty kick goals in Wednesday night’s 9-2 pool play victory over Gillespie.

Jersey has outscored its opposition 39-2 in seven games.

“Defense was certainly an emphasis coming into this year,” Burney said. “We got all our defenders back from last year and they’ve worked really hard on possession and simplifying their individual game, like making the easier higher percentage pass.

“Our offense has really pushed them in practice and both sides of the ball have benefited greatly from that.”

The Panthers defense is anchored by Ethan Snider and twin brother Quinn in goal, as well as a rotation that includes Zachary Schaefer, Ian Lorsbach, Ben Simpson and Jacob Dunham.

In the tournament, the Panthers also downed Lincolnwood 8-0, East Alton-Wood River 4-0 and Staunton 3-0.

“The team was excited to get back on the field after last night’s match,” Burney said. “They felt that they didn’t play to the best of their ability or potential (against Gillespie.)”

Longley’s early goal was assisted by Corey King.

Then came the Kribs scoring machine. He scored five goals to make it 6-0 at halftime and added one more in the second half.

Kribs got assists from King, two from Zac Shaefer, Cody Miler and Ben Simpson.

“The guys off the ball put themselves in great position to score.”

The Panthers will begin Mississippi Valley conference play next Tuesday when they play at Mascoutah. That will be followed by a non-conference game against Father McGivney High on Sept. 12.