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Knights start strong

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Billy Parton

B. Parton

He’s at the 30… the 20… the 10… TOUCHDOWN.

The Knights football team kicked the season off with a 21-14 victory over rival Lebanon and then a 63-35 beat down of the Talawanda Braves.

With 20 seniors on the team, Captain Tommy Bruns is very optimistic, calling out all opponents stating, “We will go 10-0.” He adds, “I’m pumped, we have a good-looking team with lots of talent coming from everywhere at every position.”

Stand out players include sophomore quarterback Tyler Knect, who in his debut rushed for two touchdowns leading the Knights to victory. Knect ranks third in the ECC in passing yards with 243 yards in the first two games of the season. Now consider defensive end Blake BockrathBockrath, a junior who has accumulated five sacks in the past two games ranking #1 in the ECC.

Then, One RB to Rule Them All … Senior runningback DeAndre Barnett set a school record last Friday with six (yes, six) touchdowns. Barnett has rushed for 429 yards thus far, leading the ECC by a large margin. The senior is averaging 9.1 yards per carry, doubling his average last year, and outran all defenders 87 yards for a touchdown and his longest run of the season. His spectacular play has earned him a spot in the running for the WLWT Player of the Week.

Head coach Andy Olds comments, “Last year was a rebuilding year, with only 5 returning starters it was tough. This year almost the whole starting line-up is returning and we (staff, players and fans) are all very excited.”

“Every year the senior boys have a sign that they put their goals for the season on, they can choose to rank these goals or not to. This year #1 on that list is Take It One Game at a Time,” says Olds. With this motto in mind, the Knights hope to hold true to Bruns’ prediction to go 10-0 in the regular season.Talawandagame

State, one word that says it all. Being the pinnacle of high school football success, the Knights are on a mission to claim the title. The boys of fall are all sporting a small green sticker on their helmet this year that is raising questions due to its unconventional color.

“It’s a conversation starter,” Olds elaborated. On the sticker are three letters: WNU. Those letters have a simple meaning, Why Not Us? The mentality of this season is based on the idea that if Loveland, an underdog, can take the State title, Why Not Us?

Starting the season like the blast of a cannon has given the Knights the much needed momentum to have an undefeated season and a state ring.

View the Knights Varsity Football Schedule here

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