Knights vanquish Truman
By Raphael Sugarman
After losing their opening game of the season due to a couple of unsightly second half errors, the Kennedy Knights rebounded nicely in its second game with a convincing 34-20 win at Truman on Sunday.
“We made a huge adjustment in everything and we came out fired-up, from the first play to the last,” said Kennedy coach Andy Lancberg. “Overall, I was pleased with our performance.”
Kennedy’s aggressive approach was evident from the opening kickoff. The Knights won the toss, but chose to defer the ball to the Mustangs.
Not so fast.
Lancberg and his troops practiced an opening game onside kick all week during practice and executed it perfectly to open the game.
Four plays later, Kennedy quarterback Anthony Cruz dashed for the first of his three touchdowns on the day to give Kennedy the lead. Jonathan Guzman’s kick made it 7-0.
Cruz’s second TD came in the second quarter, when the Knights took the ball on a protracted drive. Cruz ultimately punched it over the goal line and into the end zone on a 1-yard run. Guzman’s kick went awry, but the Knights held a 13-0 lead at halftime.
The Red Rage struck again in the third quarter on a six-yard run by Demetrius Wade. The Knights’ two-point conversion failed.
Predictably for a team that was trailing so badly, the Mustangs went to the air and managed to connect on 90-and 50-yard TD passes.
But the Knights kept pounding the ball on the ground and Cruz scored his third running touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter as Kennedy solidified its 34-20 win.
The Knights finished with an impressive 410 yards rushing, including 171 for Cruz on 18 carries. Cruz was accurate in passing, going 4-5, but only for a total of 25 yards. He also made some noise on defense with eight tackles.
“These are the numbers that we are expecting from the captain of our football team,” said Lancberg.
Demetrius Wade ran the ball 16 times for 152 yards, while adding three tackles on defense. Caine Caldwell gained 87 yards on 12 carries. He also had seven tackles, including three for losses and an interception. Mashawn Simmons was a bear on both lines, with eight tackles and a sack.
“It’s only one game, but it feels good to be on the winning side of a game,” said Lancberg.