It was a good night to be a Silver Knight on Friday as the football team and fans traveled to Calhoun County to secure the first win of the 2012 season over the Red Devils, 49-24.
Scoring 14 points in the first period of play, the Consolidated Knights were well on their way to putting together a most sought after win. The Knights held the 14-0 lead until well into the second period of play when they turned the ball over their opponents to give them an opportunity to score.
"There was 19 seconds left in the first half, and we turn it over, and they were determined to plug it through, and they did," said Knight head coach, Rob Caldwell. "Man, that put a bad taste in our mouths going into the locker room."
"We have to take care of the football, in every play, throughout the entire game, or that's what's going to happen, every time. We have to focus on what we're doing."
The Devils ended the first half of the game on a high note and started the second half the same way, scoring on a kick-off return within the opening seconds, giving them the lead, 16-14.
With 7:36 to go in the third, Skylar Leasure ducked into the end zone on a one yard run to put the Knights back in the lead, followed by a pass from Hunter LeMasters to Alex Doak for the two point conversion.
Still in the third, it was LeMasters in the air, snatching a 52 yard interception for six points for the Silver and Black.
"We moved the ball good, all up and down the field all night," Caldwell said. "It was the mental mistakes and little things that set us back almost each and every time."
The home team started off the fourth quarter with a quick TD, but the Consolidated team answered immediately as Alex Doak returned the kick-off 92 yards for pay dirt. Still in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, LeMasters snagged another interception, this time for 42 yards for another Knight touchdown.
Josh Ruble topped off the scoring for the game with a three yard run in the fourth, followed by a Drew Casey kick.
"I was extremely glad to get the win for our kids, especially our seniors, they all deserve it," the coach said. "They work hard, they give us everything they have, it's good to get the win to build some confidence up in these guys."
The Silver Knights rushed for 299 yards on 34 carries in the game and passed for 84 yards for a total of 383 positive yards. Calhoun rushed for 72 yards on 44 carries and had 132 passing yards for 204 total.
The Silver Knights have an open date this week, but will see action again at home on Oct. 5 against the Golden Bears of Oak Glen.