Knoch routs Derry with strong offensive performance
The Knoch Knights made the most of three offensive drives that started in Derry Area territory in the first period and rolled to a 58-7 victory over the Trojans in a soggy home opener.
Knoch's offense collected 542 yards, including 340 on the ground, to go 2-1 overall, 1-1 in Greater Allegheny Conference play.
Derry, which has been outscored 184-14, dropped to 0-3, 0-2.
After a 5-yard punt gave Knoch the ball at the Trojans 40, Dan Farinelli passed on the sideline to Cole Shinsky, who juggled the ball before going out of bounds.
One official ruled an incomplete pass while the trail official ruled it a catch at the 19. After a brief conference, the catch stood and Cody Milsom began the scoring barrage four plays later with an 11-yard run.
After a Knoch fumble at the Derry 10, Milsom recovered a Trojans fumble at the 4 on the following play.
The Knights suffered a 15-yard loss on a bad snap in Wildcat formation. But on the next play, Farinelli found Jim Larrimer open for a 19-yard scoring pass.
A Cory Godlewski sack of Derry's Kyle Holmes set up another Knoch drive at the Derry 40. Ben Lowery scored on a 1-yard run six plays later and the Knights had a 19-0 lead with 21.4 seconds to go in the first quarter.
“That's football,” said Knoch coach Mike Kimg. “You get a short field, you've got to score points.”
“We had opportunities,” said Derry coach Al Gaiardo. “Our first play, we had a chance for a touchdown if the kid had caught the ball. We had a couple drops, but I give all the credit to coach King and his team. We played hard, but we've just got to get better.” Milsom led the way with 144 net yards in 21 carries.
“To see a number 5 run like that from the fullback position running in the mud, we've had a lot of great 5s here at Knoch, and that just warmed my heart,” King said.
With 8:11 left in the third quarter, Farinelli and Larrimer connected on a 97-yard pass play, one of the longest plays from scrimmage in school history.
Farienlli passed for 203 yards.
George Guido is a freelance writer.