KNIGHTS, NOW 4-0, BEAT LIBERTY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SHUTOUT

It was worth the wait.

After nearly a two-hour delay because of lightning, the SJCS varsity football team followed the same script as it had the previous two weeks. The offense and special teams did their jobs, and the defense kept the opponent scoreless.

The result was a 10-0 win over visiting Liberty — the Knights’ fourth consecutive victory to start the season and their third straight shutout.

St. Joe’s has not allowed the opponent to score since Carolina registered eight points in the fourth quarter of Week 0. The Knights have outscored the opposition 68-8.

Rain fell during the early going, and both teams struggled to hold onto the ball. The Knights took advantage of a turnover to produce the game’s first score.

Sophomore C.J. Sahlman recovered a fumble at the Liberty 18-yard line with 5:40 left in the first quarter. The Knights didn’t make much progress, but freshman Matthew Hall put them on top by kicking a 30-yard field goal.

With 6:42 left in the third quarter, senior Alec Miller pounced on a fumbled at the Red Devils’ 29-yard line, and again the Knights capitalized.

On third-and-seven, sophomore quarterback Harrison Scott connected with senior Marcos Salgado for 21 yards, giving the Knights a first-and-goal at the 5. On the next play, sophomore K.D. Boyd burst through and went into the end zone standing up.

Hall added the point-after kick, and the Knights had a 10-0 lead with 5:17 remaining in the quarter.

Liberty never really threatened to score, and St. Joe’s posted its third shutout in a row and fifth in 15 games under second-year coach Jon Wheeler.

In addition, with the junior varsity and middle school teams both 2-0, the SJCS football program is a combined 8-0.

Next Friday, the Knights will play on the road against West-Oak.