UPDATED 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2: As predicted, The Knights garnered a 3-seed in the Division 2, Region 6 OHSAA playoff bracket. Click here to view the matchups.
It was cold. It was wet. It was Halloween in Knight Stadium. And the Knights had a few more tricks up their sleeves.
With a resounding, increasingly-characteristic blowout, Coach Andy Olds’ football squad capped off a perfect romp through their 2014 schedule and are now headed to the state playoffs as a projected top seed with a home-field opener.
The Knights secured their ECC Championship by handing Anderson a 43-14 defeat. The Knights offense moved the ball 359 yards for six touchdowns while the defense stifled Anderson’s passing game for negative yardage and forced a third-quarter safety.
Such wide margins have defined the Knights’ 10-0 season, marked by only two tight final scores: a 21-14 defeat of Lebanon for the season opener and a 24-20 Week 9 victory at Glen Este. In total, the Knights scored 363 points this season and allowed just 155. In ECC games, the scoring gap widens, with the Knights outscoring their opponents 241-82.
Moreover, ECC top-performance stats are riddled with Knights.
On offense, quarterback Tyler Knecht led the league with 1,614 passing yards while running-back DeAndre Barnett placed second in rushing with 1,310. On defense, Blake Bockrath led the ECC with 14 sacks; Josh Rayman and Jared Dorsa combined for six interceptions; and Bockrath and Dorsa together recovered five fumbles.
And finally, the team’s kicker, Adam Woeste capped off his regular season with an ECC-leading 67 kicking points, going nine for nine on field goals, including a 48-yarder.
Official tournament brackets were announced on Sunday. The road the the state championship follows:
Stay tuned to The Knight Times for updates on the playoffs.
Many thanks to Dawn Gould for the photos.