Black Knights pull away for victory
TOWANDA - The Black Knight's little-bit-of-this, little-bit-of-that offense steered them to a victory over the visiting Saint Joseph Catholic Academy Wolves last night at home.
Junior quarterback Noah Huff might be just as threatening with his passing game as with his running game.
"It was a great game today," he said after the win. "We brought the rally back from last week and it's a great way to set the tune for our season. It's looking bright right now."
After winning the coin toss, the Wolves chose to receive the ball. Then a three and out gave possession to Towanda. After four first downs and eight plays, Dayton Wickwire effortlessly ran five yards in for the score. With 5:50 left to play in the first quarter, the Knights led 7-0 on a Tyler Basse extra point.
The Catholics answered back on their next possession, scoring with 3:03 left in the first quarter on a pass from quarterback Phillip Fenstermacker to Evan Young. Young's PAT was wide left, and the Wolves trailed, 7-6. Thirteen seconds later, Huff rambled 77 yards down the left sideline on the kick return for the Knights' second touchdown on the night. The attempted extra point by kicker Basse was blocked, and Towanda extended their lead 13-6.
On Saint Joseph's ensuing possession, Fenstermacker lost 12 yards due to sacks, but ended with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mike Jabco with 11:19 to play in the half. The Wolves went for a two-point conversion, succeeded, and pulled ahead of the Knights, 14-13.
Huff landed Towanda yet another six points on the board with his touchdown pass to Garrett Mosier with 8;25 left to play in the second quarter. The two-point conversion completed by senior Dan Leljedal handed the Black Knights back their lead, 21-14.
Saint Joseph's Phillip Fenstermacker threw his second score bound pass with only 2:24 before halftime. The ball landed in the arms of Mike Jabco for a completion of five yards. After an offsides call on Towanda while lining up for the extra point, the Wolves' Kahsim Buey tried for the two-point conversion, but was stopped short by the Knights' Dayton Wickwire. Saint Joseph still trailed, 21-20 going into the half.
The Black Knights showed a stronger, more driven defense as well as offense coming out of the locker room after halftime. Just three minutes and twenty-nine seconds into the third quarter, Towanda scored on a pass from Huff to Tony Daniello. The Knights pulled a little trickery when they faked the extra point and Steven Yates ran in for the two-point conversion. Towanda now led, 29-20.
The Wolves' score remained constant, when on their next possession, on fourth and 29, Jabco kicked a -1 yard punt to set Towanda up at Saint Joseph's 45 yard line. Huff's significant fifty-two yard pass to Daniello (along with a five yard offsides penalty on the Wolves) gave them first and goal. From there, Dan Leljedal ran the three yards that it took to give Towanda their 35-20 lead a couple minutes into the fourth quarter.
Towanda's last touchdown of the night fell into the hands of QB Noah Huff with 47 seconds left in the game as he ran in eleven yards for the score. Basse's PAT was true and the final score was set, 42-20.
Huff led all rushers with 65 yards on seven carries and one touchdown. Phillip Fenstermacker held the top position in the passing game with thirteen completions for 204 yards.
The Knights will be home next Friday to take on the Athens Wildcats.