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Knights defeat Port Jeff 45-8 10/14/17

Varsity vs Port Jefferson HS on 10/14/2017 1:30:00 PM
Posted Monday, October 16, 2017 by Dave Shanahan

FOR THE MIGHTY KNIGHTS, NO PLACE LIKE HOME

                                                            By Mitchell Scott, Knights’ Scribe

 

Elwood, NY, October 14, 2017: For the Mighty Knights of Elwood, 2017 has been a tale of two seasons. Blowout wins at the beloved Glenn Academic and Athletic Campus (the “GAAC”), defeats on the road. Heading into week six, the Knights had arrived at a cross-road and faced possible playoff elimination. (An anomaly in the Shanahan era.) Especially galling was the loss to Babylon in the annual Battle of Route 231, where the Knights created opportunities, but fell short in key moments.  Now the Port Jefferson Royals came to the GAAC fielding their strongest squad in memory and looking to lock in a playoff spot and dash the Knights plans for late October and November football. The Knights Nation packed the stands for this pivotal game.

 

            Several Knights showed early and often that they understood their season hung in the balance. On the Knights first series, Brett (the “Jet”) Ryan took the rock to the house on a 34 yard jaunt. Adam Astaritia’s point after attempt was good and the Knights were off to a great start. (Astarita was perfect on a busy day with six PATs and a thirty two yard field goal to boot.) As the game unfolded, the only question left was how the Knights can be so dominant, on both sides of the ball, one week and not make big plays another week. Consider these statistical highlights: Ryan ran for two touchdowns, returned a punt sixty yards for a third, and grabbed two interceptions. Nathanial Larkins, showing power and speed, ran hard. In only ten carries, Larkins picked up 160 yards including two long jaunts, the second for a touchdown, each over sixty yards. Offensively, the Knights were unstoppable putting up 45 points on the board. Quarterback Kyle Szokoli was fearless in the pocket and the Knight receivers Daysean Johnson, Christian Varlack, and Nick Ford consistently came up with big catches and picked up good yardage after being hit. Defensively, the Knights were remarkable, forcing six turnovers, while on special teams, Jon Green was a wrecking crew, blocking two punts. Players like Justin Tiernan, Gio Rinaldi, and Connor Rossi made several key play on both sides of the ball. Clearly the Knights have the talent compete with any team in the Division.

 

 

The Knights Bottom Line:

                                                                                                                                                            This week, October 21, 2017, the Knights face the Amityville Warriors at the GAAC as part of the 2017 Homecoming Weekend. The game is sold out except for a few standing room only tickets. The Glenn Marching Band and Glenn Cheerleaders are working on new routines to incorporate with a rumored halftime appearance by the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. Many Knights of yore are expected to attend. The tailgate festivities are expected to be epic with culinary delights from around the globe. The pre-game parade with feature floats built by Glenn students and the Federal Aviation Authority has banned air traffic over the GAAC for the day. 

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