Knoch grinds out win over Trinity
After a sluggish start, Knoch pounded its way to a 19-7 nonsection victory over Trinity behind Cody Milsom's 165-yard, two-touchdown performance.
“We always had a pretty strong history of guys at Knoch that wanted to run the ball,” Knights coach Mike King said. “That's what we challenged Cody to do at halftime. He's got to be able to run the ball when there's a little traffic, hit holes and make first downs for us.
“I was real happy with that in the second half.”
Trinity (1-1) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after Knoch (1-1) deferred the opening kickoff.
Junior running back Colton Jordan took the handoff and found a crease around left tackle, racing 65 yards untouched on the second play from scrimmage for the game's opening score.
Knoch's Benjamin Lowery took the ensuing kickoff 63 yards to the Hillers' 30-yard line, and the Knights looked to even the score after driving to the 10.
On fourth-and-7 from the 15, quarterback Danny Farinelli targeted Adam Albert on a slant, but safety Brandon McGavitt intercepted, keeping the momentum on Trinity's side.
“I thought our first half was pretty good,” Trinity coach Ryan Coyle said. “You give decent teams opportunities, they're going to capitalize; that's what they did.”
Lineman Matt Jaworski provided the spark the Knights needed as he blocked a Sam Trapuzzano punt following a three-and-out on Trinity's second drive.
Behind the consistent play of the front five, Knoch continued wear down Trinity's front seven.
“We just kept coming back, kept coming back and hung in there,” Milsom said. “We just out willed them. We wanted it more.”
Eventually, Milsom was taking snaps in the wildcat and finding chunks of yards on a visibly tired Trinity defense.
“It's not an easy thing to do,” King said. “I'm really proud of their effort and the focus they had in the second half.”
In all, Knoch gained 194 yards on the ground, including 15 straight rushes over the final two drives.
“The line did a fantastic job today,” Milsom said. “I would just go to the aiming point, and if there wasn't anything there, I would cut either way and go.”
Knoch, a playoff team a year ago, will host Derry next week as the Knights return to Greater Allegheny Conference play.
“We have to get back to practice. We have to continue to work hard and keep going on all cylinders,” Milsom said. “We all have to work as a full unit.”
Justin Criado is a freelance writer.