Knights Earn Tough Win Over Ellsworth
KSAL Sports - October 25, 2013 11:36 pm
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.
In 1971 Ringo Starr topped the charts with his first solo hit “It Don’t Come Easy”.
After a monumental struggle that saw Sacred Heart fall behind in a game for the first time since week 4 at Beloit, the Knights can relate.
When Ellsworth’s opening drive of the game stalled at the Sacred Heart 48, the Bearcats went into punt formation. But instead of snapping the ball to punter TaKota Anderson, the ball went to Cody Soukup who promptly went 48 yards untouched for the first score of the game.
The Knights wasted little time getting even as they put together a long drive on their first possession capped off by a 3 yard burst into the end zone by Kyler Stover.
After the Knight defense held Ellsworth on their next possession, QB Nick Wuthnow hit wide receiver Tate Richards for a 27 yard touchdown pass and the Knights were in the lead for good.
The second quarter was a defensive struggle with the only points of the frame coming on a Tymonny Bonillia 25 yard field goal to make the score 16 to 7 at the half.
The Knights got the ball to start the second half and took 3:51 to punch it in on a 1-yard sneak by Wuthnow.
Ellsworth matched that touchdown late in the third quarter, but missed on a two point try and the quarter ended with the Knights up 10, 23-13.
Sacred Heart pushed the lead to 17 early in the final stanza on a nifty 27 yard run by Wuthnow, but Ellsworth refused to go away getting a 75 yard Anderson to Grant Glaser TD pass on their first play from scrimmage after the Knight kick-off.
The Knights needed a little more than a minute to once again stretch the lead to 17 when Clayton Wetter blasted up the middle for a 39 yard scoring run which turned out to be the final score of the game.
Prior to the game, Sacred Heart honored 19 seniors who were playing in their final regular season home game and at halftime the Knights paid tribute to 99 former players who got to go on the field one last time since this was the last regularly scheduled home game at historic Glen Martin Stadium which will be torn down at season’s end to make way for a new 7.5 million dollar stadium for 2014.
With the win Sacred Heart improves to 7 and 1 and guarantees themselves a play-off spot. The Knights will shoot for their 4th consecutive District title next Thursday at Lyons who got blasted by SE of Saline Friday night 49 to zip.