Knights fall in 58-50 shootout with Lancaster

The Riverside Knights suffered a heartbreaking 58-50 defeat against Lancaster Christian Academy on Friday night. The loss made the Knights’ win and loss column even for the 2020 season, with one game in each category.

“We knew going into the game that we would need to play at a high level for four quarters to get the job done. Unfortunately, we were only able to do that for three quarters. I am still very proud of the boys for continuing to play through adversity,” said the Knights’ Head Coach, Travis Creasy.

Jake Rubelsky, the Knights’ quarterback completed ten passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Rubelsky connected with Crutcher Ezell on five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and he connected with Michael Whiddon on four passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Crutcher Ezell led the Knights’ offensive attack on the ground with 15 carries for 204 yards and two touchdowns, and Jake Rubelsky had 18 carries for 96 yards and one touchdown.

The Knights also scored on four two-point conversion attempts by Jake Rubelsky, Raymond Hunt, and Crutcher Ezell.

“Crutcher continues to lead the team, and Jake and Michael certainly did their part, but we need others to step up as well when targeted,” said Coach Creasy.

Michael Whiddon led the Knights defensively with ten total tackles (one for loss), Crutcher Ezell had eight total tackles (one for loss), Dylan Laflair contributed six total tackles, and Marcus Whitworth had five total tackles. Alex Thompson sacked the LCA quarterback for a loss of 11 yards, had two quarterback hurries, and four total tackles (one for loss).

Marcus Whitworth and Will O’Neal each had one interception for the Knights. MIchael Whiddon defended five passes, Will O’Neal defended three, and Nolan Hughes and Marcus Whitworth eached defended two passes. Crutcher Ezell caused one fumble; Raymond Hunt recovered one fumble and Michael Whiddon recovered two.

“Once again we had a good team effort on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, one bad call resulted in a 10-point swing, which was not helped by my emotional response. By the time we were mentally back in the game, the damage had been done. The boys continued to fight until the very last play, for that, they deserve a lot of credit,” said Coach Creasy. “Raymond Hunt had a big return late in the game when we were down by double digits. He set up the score to get us within striking distance. It’s an example of the grit that this team showed.”

The Knights will travel to Franklin to play Franklin Classical School on Friday night. The game will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. at Freedom Intermediate School.