Knights Cruise Past Lyons For District Title
KSAL Staff - November 1, 2013 12:26 am
Sacred Heart ended its season Saturday night in the 3A Marion substate championship game with a 46-36 loss to top-seeded and top-ranked Hesston.
Bruce Graeber arrived in Salina to become the head coach of the Sacred Heart Knights shortly before the kickoff of the 2010 season. While the Knights have had their ups and downs during the first two thirds of the four seasons that Graeber has been at the helm, Sacred Heart has been lights out whenever district play has rolled around. Graeber, along with 19 seniors, won their 14th district game in a row on Halloween with a 43-14 dismantling of the Lyons Lions. Graeber coached Sacred Heart teams have a perfect record in district play.
Senior quarterback Nick Wuthnow, who has been starting at his position since midway through his freshman year, accounted for five of Sacred Heart’s touchdowns with scoring runs of 3, 57 and 74 yards and TD passes of 12 and 18 yards to seniors Austin Palen and Kyler Stover. Stover also had a spectacular punt return of 60 yards for six and Senior Tymonny Bonilla hit a 40 yard field goal.
Lyons got a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns when the game was out of reach. Senior quarterback Ryan McClure hit Junior Grady Kirkhart on a 25 yard TD pass and scrambled in from 18 yards out for the second Lyons’ score.
The 8-1 Knights will begin their bid for a state championship with a home game Tuesday against Phillipsburg. The Panthers, also 8-1, eked out a come from behind 20-16 win at Norton on Thursday.
Tuesday’s first round tussle will most likely be the last game played at historic Glen Martin stadium, which will be demolished to make way for a new $7.5 million dollar stadium set to open for the 2014 football season.