Knoch offense more finesse than power
Power football isn't altogether gone at Knoch, but changes — in the form of a big-play, spread offense — have added some finesse to the Knights' ground attack.
"We have a different offense now; we want to put pressure on (the opponent's) defense," Knoch coach Mike King said. "We used to operate out of the I with a fullback. When your tailback and quarterback can run, you can present a lot of problems. We're getting the kids to buy into what we're selling."
Talk about high-octane. Knoch (4-0 overall, 1-0 in the Greater Allegheny Conference) has outscored its opponents, 174-15. Only Franklin Regional (188) has scored more points in Class AAA.
Knoch is averaging 296.7 rushing yards per game, with versatile senior quarterback Ky Kenyon operating primarily out of the shotgun.
Darting senior tailback Andrew Rumburg-Goodlin has rushed for 603 yards and seven touchdowns.
And while Knoch's spread is producing results, a complementary defense is keeping the Knights balanced.
Last week, Knoch outgained Fox Chapel, 307-132, with 275 coming on the ground.
Where exactly was that offense honed last spring?
"On the tennis courts," King said. "We lined up and worked on some no-huddle stuff. The practice field was too wet. The tennis courts were dry."
Saturday night's Class A Eastern Conference showdown between No. 7 Springdale and No. 6 Bishop Canevin will feature two veteran coaches, both of whom are climbing the ranks of the WPIAL elite.
Springdale coach Chuck Wagner moved into a tie for fifth place on the all-time list last week with 265 victories. Bishop Canevin's Bob Jacoby, meantime, has 221 wins, which puts him 13th.
Wagner began coaching in 1961, Jacoby in 1972. All of Jacoby's years have been at Bishop Canevin.
Wagner has coached college football at Bucknell, his alma mater, and high school-level teams at Oakmont, Riverview, Fox Chapel and Springdale.
The college recruiting process has been a dizzying experience for Fox Chapel lineman Adam Bisnowaty.
He is nearing a decision, saying he wants to commit before Oct. 1.
Bisnowaty (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) has had official visits to Florida and Pitt the past two weekends.
He has been bombarded by texts, calls and emails.
"I was thinking the other day about the first letter I got," he said. "We started keeping (letters) in a folder. Then, we needed a big bucket. Coaches can call now, and I can make visits. It's been fun, but overwhelming, too."
Bisnowaty accepted an invitation to the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Organizers of the event also are looking for future stars -- some way in the future.
The bowl is hosting a "Junior Academic All-American Game" for players in grades 6 to 8 — yes, for players roughly ages 12-14 — on Jan. 2. There also will be a combine for high school juniors the same day.
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