Too bad the Knights couldn't share a few of those extra points with their eighth grade brethren.
The North Clay eighth graders however, couldn't find the winning combination on offense despite their stingy defensive effort in a 6-0 loss.
In that game, the Knights nearly made a huge comeback after being stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Arrows' 11-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The North Clay defense came back to force a punt from Sullivan's 26-yard line and took over at their own 37-yard line with less than a minute remaining.
Quarterback Kodie Girton hit Damon Hyatt on a screen pass that went for 26 yards down to Sullivan's 37-yard line. After an incompletion, Girton went back to Hyatt who broke free for 17 yards and another first down. The same combination nearly found paydirt on the next play as Hyatt hauled in a pass, broke back across the grain and broke for the corner. He was dragged out of bounds at the Sullivan three-yard line with time at a premium.
The next play, the Knights were called for a procedure penalty that pushed the ball back to the eight-yard line. From there, a pass went for no yards and the final play had to be quick snapped as the clock ran out and Chance Talbot was brought down short.
The Arrows therefore gave the Knights just its second loss in two years.
North Clay's line play was outstanding, especially in the second half, using their quickness to cover Sullivan's sweeps and misdirection plays.
Though the seventh grade offense had plenty of success versus Sullivan, the defense was actually the first one's to score.
After Sullivan had marched down to the Knights nine-yard line after a couple of big plays from Dalton Scott. North Clay's Larry Shaeffer read quarterback, Payne Fortner's throw perfectly, stepping in front and rolling 93 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. The conversion was successful on a Trent Barnett run and the Knights led 8-0.
Phillip Lalen got into the action on the Knights' next drive, taking the ball in for a five-ayrd TD. The big plays on that drive came from Barnett who carried the ball 18 yards to get the drive going. Lalen later rambled for 41 yards to get the Knights into scoring position.
The conversion was a pass from Shaeffer to Barnett which was good for a 16-0 lead.
The defense stepped up again on the Arrows' next possession, forcing a fumble which was recovered by Lalen.
Lalen and Shaeffer pounded the ball deep into the Arrows' territory on an eight-play drive that culminated in a nine-yard scamper by Shaeffer for the score with 24 seconds left in the half. Lalen got the conversion and the Knights took a 24-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Knights got a steady dose of the Arrows' best playmaker in Scott, who, while diminutive in size, ran with determination and power.
He would get the second half scoring started when he took off on a sweep for a 68-yard TD run. The conversion failed but the ensuing onside kick did not for Sullivan who recovered and took over at the 47-yard line.
Fortner would hit Riley Witvoet for an 11-yard pass play and once again it was Scott who got free for a 37-yard TD run this time to get Sullivan within 24-12.
The Knights got the next onside kick and Barnett would take the handoff at the 50-yard line on the first play of the drive. He would go the distance down the sideline and after Christen Crews found Barnett for the conversion, the score was 32-12.
Sullivan would end up facing a fourth-and-seven from their own 19-yard line on the next drive. With nothing to lose, they threw a screen pass to Scott, who nailed the Knights again, this time on an 81-yard score with 5:21 remaining.
From there, leading 32-18, the Knights got a touchdown from Drake McKee on a 21-yard run on offense before Travis Hakman scored on a 19-yard interception return for the Knights with 2:52 left in the game.
The final score also came from the defense when Shaeffer broke through to tackle Fortner in the endzone for a safety to cap the scoring.
Both teams finish the season at 6-2.
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