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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. 

J.T. Grugen

J.T. Grugen

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.

Vote DeAndre Barnett for LaRosa’s MVP Of The Week.

Moreover, ECC top-performance stats are riddled with Knights.IMG_0035

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.

UPDATE

Official tournament brackets were announced on Sunday. The road the the state championship follows:

ROUND 1 (Regional quarterfinals)
Game 1: (8) Glen Este (6-4) @ (1) La Salle (9-1)
Game 2: (5) Harrison (7-3) @ (4) Lima Senior (8-2)
Game 3: (7) Tecumseh (5-5) @ (2) Mount Healthy (10-0)
Game 4: (6) Northwest (6-4) @ (3) Kings (10-0)* – 7:30 p.m. Friday at Knight Stadium. 
 
ROUND 2 (Regional semi-finals)
Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
 
ROUND 3 (Regional finals)
Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
 
ROUND 4 (State semi-finals)
Game 8: Region 3 Champion vs. Region 4 Champion
Game 9: Region 5 Champion vs. Region 6 Champion
 
ROUND 5 (State finals)
Game 10: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9 (Division II State Championship)
 
*Bold print notes games Kings would play in should they continue to win. All games after the first round are played at neutral sites. Kings last playoff appearance was last year, when they lost in the first round to Winton Woods, 40-14. Kings last regional final appearance was in 2011, when they lost to Trotwood-Madison, 35-21.

Stay tuned to The Knight Times for updates on the playoffs.

Many thanks to Dawn Gould for the photos.

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