Knoch Knights use goal line stand to secure victory
TribLIVE Sports Videos
HOLLIDAYSBURG — In a game that featured more than 100 plays on offense, it was four plays that will be remembered most in Knoch's 23-17 win over Hollidaysburg on Friday night
“That is what great football games are made of,” said Knoch coach Mike King, whose club stopped the Tigers four times from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter with a little over 4:06 to go in the game.
“I told our guys it should have never come down to that. We just made so many mistakes,” Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre said.
Trailing 22-17, Holidaysburg used a 27-yard kickoff return by Dan Baker to begin a drive at its 42.
During a 16-play drive, on third-and-10, Tigers quarterback Caleb Parnell escaped the Knights' rush to heave a pass down the left sideline, which fell incomplete. However, Knoch was called for pass interference on the play, giving Hollidaysburg a first down.
Behind the running of Jericho Hilling, Tyler Miller and Parnell, Hollidaysburg set up on the 1-yard line. Four straight runs, three to Hilling and one to Reid Miller, were stopped by the Knoch defense.
“You've got to get in the end zone. When you're at the goal line, you've got to get in. In practice, we ran three inside cones this week and you move the ball from the 3 to the 2 to the 1,” DeLattre said. “I think it was more of an effort issue. They wanted it more than us.”
King said he believes his defensive staff had his unit prepped for those four plays.
“Our coaches do a great job of knowing the team and their formation. We had a beat on them. Our kids were comfortable with what was going on,” he said.
Said DeLattre: “You've got to want it more. You've got to have it internally in you to get them off the ball down there and get into the end zone and we didn't do that.”
“Our defense rose to the occasion,” King said. “That shows character. That shows that our kids were not going to quit. I was so proud of the way they played at the end.
Knoch (3-1) had to stop the Tigers one final time when it punted the ball with 2:26 to play. One sack and three incomplete passes later, the Tigers were done while the Knights were able to line up in the victory formation.
Scott Franco is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- HSFB preview by position: Familiar faces coaching in new places
- Gorman: McNeilly Road rivalry renewed
- Dudek adds explosiveness to trio of Kittanning backs
- Kiski Area QB Kuhn steps into leadership role
- Class AAA breakdown: With perennial contender Gateway joining Greater Allegheny, trend of championship Parkway teams could be challenged
- Freeport’s Hochbein twins bring experience on both sides of ball
- Natural rivalries, top-tier talent highlight realigned Allegheny Conference
- Uniontown’s Perkins transitions from O-line to running back
- Like the Allegheny Conference, the Birdie is realigned
- Class AAAA breakdown: Trio of contenders could challenge perennial powers Woodland Hills, Central Catholic
- Class AA breakdown: Revamped Allegheny Conference among many changes