The St. Joseph’s football team mustered all the offense it needed in the first three minutes Friday night.
The Knights recorded their second consecutive shutout in a workmanlike 22-0 victory over the visiting Anderson Cavaliers on Military Appreciation Night.
St. Joe’s improved to 3-0 for the third time in the 10-year history of the program and the first time since 2013, when the Knights won their first eight games.
The Knights, who have outscored their three opponents 58-8, have posted four shutouts in their first 14 games under second-year coach Jon Wheeler.
Against Anderson, St. Joe’s took the opening kickoff and moved 68 yards in five plays, the big one a 41-yard run by K.D. Boyd. Kyle Lonergan ran the ball in from the 5, and Matthew Hall added the point-after kick to give the Knights a 7-0 lead.
After St. Joe’s held on defense, Anderson punted, and Lonergan returned the kick to the Cavaliers’ 31-yard line.
The Knights needed just two plays to score, the second a 16-yard strike from Scott to Lonergan for the touchdown. Hall’s point-after kick made it 14-0 with 7:42 left in the opening quarter.
St. Joe’s added to its lead in the third quarter, taking advantage of a short field with a seven-play, 32-yard drive that ended with Scott’s 4-yard touchdown run. The conversion was no good, and the Knights led 20-0.
With 39 seconds left in the game, Anderson snapped the ball over the punter’s head, and it rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety, making the score 22-0.
Next week, the Knights will host Liberty in another non-region game.