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Knights stage big comeback, but CCES prevails in overtime

Trailing by 15 points entering the fourth quarter, the SJCS Varsity football team rallied to force overtime against Christ Church on Friday night.

However, the Cavaliers scored in the extra period to edge the determined and valiant Knights 28-22 in a thrilling non-region game between the rivals at Carson Stadium.

The momentum shifted back and forth until the Cavaliers' Grayson Klue provided the difference with a 2-yard touchdown run -- Christ Church's first points since the second quarter.

St. Joe's, which lost for the first time this season after three victories, took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 19 plays, a drive that last 9 minutes, 37 seconds.

Walker Wood completed a 32-yard pass to Brayden Renfrow during the drive, but mostly the Knights grinded it out on the ground. Wood gained 5 yards on fourth-and-four from the 10-yard line and then scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Lily VanPelt's kick gave St. Joe's a 7-0 lead.

Christ Church (1-2) responded on its first drive with a touchdown and proceeded to score on its first three possessions to take a 22-7 lead by halftime.

But the Knights were a different team in the second half, especially defensively. St. Joe's blanked the Cavaliers in the second half and came up with several big plays. Harrison Scott's sack, resulting in a 9-yard loss, forced a punt, and the Knights took over at their 20 with 3:23 left in the third quarter.

On the last play of the quarter, Wood hit Tommy Sullivan for 33 yards and a first down at the Christ Church 25-yard line. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Scott burst up the middle and into the end zone for a touchdown. VanPelt added the PAT, and the Knights were within 22-14.

Mac McCauley recovered a Cavs' fumble at the Knights' 49, but St. Joe's was unable to capitalize on that opportunity. Sullivan's sack forced a Christ Church punt, and the Knights began from their 34 with 7:42 remaining.

With help from Wood's 17-yard pass to Chris Johnson and a pass interference call against the Cavs, the Knights had a first down at the Christ Church 19.

Wood then took off and bolted in for a touchdown, pulling the Knights to within 22-20. They went for two, and Wood rolled to the left and ducked into the end zone, tying the score with 4:30 left in regulation.

Christ Church managed a nice drive and had a fourth-and-three at the St. Joe's 19 with 1:49 to go. After a timeout, the Cavs chose to go for it but threw an incomplete pass, and the Knights took over on downs.

St. Joe's picked up one first down on an 11-yard run by Harrison Zinkann, but the clock ran out and the game went to overtime.

The Knights had the ball first, with four downs from the 10-yard line. On fourth-and-goal from the 2, they came up short.

When the Cavs scored on their possession, they secured their first win of the season and handed the Knights their first defeat.


CCES 28, ST. JOE'S 22 (OT)

SJCS     7 -  0 - 0 - 15 - 0 -- 22
CCES    0 - 22 - 0 -  0 - 6 -- 28

First Quarter
SJ-Walker Wood 1 run (Lily VanPelt kick)

Second Quarter
CC-Woods Windham 9 run (Constantine Gandis kick)
CC-Grayson Klue 2 run (Gandis kick)
CC-B.J. Atkins 9 pass from Windham (Atkins pass from Windham)

Fourth Quarter
SJ-Harrison Scott 25 run (VanPelt kick)
SJ-Wood 19 run (Wood run)

CC-Klue 2 run

RUSHING: SJ-Harrison Scott 19-67, Chris Johnson 12-47, K.D. Boyd 9-47, Walker Wood 13-44, Harrison Zinkann 1-11.

PASSING: SJ-Wood 5-10-0 101.

RECEIVING: SJ-Brayden Renfrom 2-43, Tommy Sullivan 1-33, Johnson 1-17, Boyd 1-8.

TACKLES (Solos-Assists): SJ-Johnny Jaraczewski 5-2, Mac McCauley 5-2, Scott 4-1, John Bynum 4-0, Sullivan 3-0, Boyd 1-0, Christian Cancello 1-1, Joe Patterson 1-0, Cannon Jackson 1-0, Gabe Nelson 0-1.