Recap: Knights Football Claims Landmark Win over Christ Church
In 2008, St. Joseph’s took the final big step in becoming an established high school athletic program by founding a football team. For the past ten years, the Knights have celebrated brilliant victories, bitter defeats, built tremendous momentum, and then had to start over from scratch. Going in to this year felt very much like starting from scratch.
But sometimes, a fresh start is exactly what you need. Friday night, the Knights celebrated the culmination of ten years of effort and a spectacular season of refocused energy and determination with a landmark victory over rival Christ Church, defeating them 35-10. Not only was this the first time in our program’s history that we defeated our athletic rival on the football field, but the victory also clinched the fourth playoff berth for Region 1-AA.
The first quarter stayed pretty quiet, neither side making much progress, but during the second quarter, the Knights exploded. RB Rashad Luckey lit the game up with a 38 yard rushing TD, followed shortly by a 8 yard rushing TD, and then again with a fabulous 58 yard rushing TD, on all of which kicker Jadin Nassif secured the extra point. Right before halftime, the Cavaliers got on the board with a 20 yard field goal to make it 21-3 for the Knights.
During halftime, the team celebrated Senior Night recognizing the leadership and character of our five seniors Luke Bynum, Jacob Johanning, Ryan McLear, Jadin Nassif, and Ted Sanchez as they pass the torch to the middle school team. It was recently announced that Jake Johanning has made the North-South All-Star game on December 15 at Noonat Coastal Carolina University. He is the 1st St. Joseph’s football player to make the North-South game, an exceptional honor for our senior!
The third quarter picked up the Knights momentum again with #30 Rashad Luckey back at it with another 7 yard TD, and extra point by Nassif. The final quarter really showcased the Knight’s endurance, with #9 Mark Lyons pushing the ball through for one last touchdown, bringing the score to 35-3 with the extra point. The Cavaliers made a long pass bid for a chance to add to their score but were shut down by a fabulous tip of the fingers interception by #1 Kyle Lonergan. Christ Church did make it onto the board with one last touchdown, but the Knights had already secured the victory with a final score of 35-10.
The Knights enter the playoffs against Blacksburg this Friday, October 26th. Blacksburg is coming off two consecutive losses.