“I can only say that they represented their school, family, and the GAHS community as best as they could. It was a great team effort,” said Coach Ed Tano following the game. “We have a very intricate and complicated system which these young athletes have learned to execute. It requires much discipline and tenacity for it to work. For this, I commend the players. We also appreciate the fans for their great support.”
The Knights found pay dirt in the first quarter to take the early lead 6-0 when Tyson Descheenie scampered five yards into the end zone. The Bruins and Knights traded balls for the rest of the quarter as each team stopped several drives.
In the second quarter, Descheenie weaved his way through the Bruins defense to score his second touch down from 12 yards out to make it 12-0. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
After an interception, the Knights again took control and drove to the 14 yard line of the Bruins. On the next play, Knights Quarterback A.J. Smith found Todd Tunney opened in the end zone for a scoring strike to put the Knights up 18-0.
The Knights kicked off to the Bruins and again stopped them from advancing too far into Knights’ territory. The Knights again moved the ball to the Bruins’ 49 yard line. Quarterback Smith faked a hand off on a reverse and then sprinted down the left sideline for six points. The two-point conversion was good by Jerome Richards who fought off tacklers from three yards out around the left side. The Knights went up 26-0 at half-time.
The Knights came out the second half and again took the game to the Bruins and scored 16 points in the third quarter.
After the Knights fought their way into Bruins’ side of the field, A.J. Smith hit a flair pass to Alec Tree who ran around the right side to score a touch down from 29 yards out. Richards’ two-point conversion run was good to make it 34-0.
On their second during the third quarter, the Knights’ Smith hit tight end Donald Nez with a quick pass. Nez was open as soon as he stepped across the line of scrimmage and rambled 49 yards for a touch down. The Knights again made good on their two point conversion attempt with Richards scoring on a three-yard run to make it 42-0 at the end of the third.
Most of the fourth quarter was fought along the trenches as the defense battled one another’s defense. The Bruins put together a nice drive with less than 10 minutes left in the game and scored on a 14 yard run with 6:17 left in the contest.
In the closing minutes, the Knights had an opportunity to score again, but chose to run out the clock by running four successive plays into the middle of the line and ended up with the ball about six inches short of the goal line.
The Bruins then took over from there with 1:24 remaining in the game. After running a dive into the line for little gain, the Bruins were caught on the next play in the end zone for a safety by Alec Tree with 55 seconds left on the clock that gave the Knights two points to make the score 44-6. The Knights received a free kick at their own 49 yard line and then ran out of the clock for the win.
The Knights ran 67 plays compared to 65 by the Bruins. The Knights rushed the ball 44 times for 195 yards while the Bruins carried the ball 30 times for 56 yards. The Knights had 10 first down and the Bruins had six.
The Knights fumbled the ball five times and lost two while the Bruins had one that they recovered. In the passing yardage, the Knights completed nine out of 14 for 137 yards while the Bruins completed four out of 22 passes for 32 yards.
The Knights had six penalties for 30 yards and the Bruins had 6 penalties for 40 yards. The Knights intercepted three passes in the game.
The Knights amassed a total of 332 yards compared with 88 yards by the Bruins.
The Knights now travel to Window Rock on Thursday, Oct. 14 to battle the Scouts in a night game.