HALL OF FAME
Tigers Stay Perfect with 27-8 Win over Fort Knox
September 23, 2013By Amy Flanagan of Bardstown High School
Tigers stay perfect with 27-8 win over Fort Knox
Kentucky Standard Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm
The Bardstown Tigers used three second half-touchdowns to defeat the Fort Knox Eagles 27-8 on a soggy Friday night at Fort Knox High School. The win keeps the Tigers perfect at 4-0 on the season, while the Eagles drop to 1-4.
“It’s no secret we rely a lot on our speed,” Clark said. The rain made us go in between the tackles and play a different style of game that we’re not used to.”
The Eagles trailed 8-0 at halftime after allowing the Tigers to score on their opening possession, but the Tigers scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away. With the weather all but eliminating the Tigers passing game, Bardstown finished with 339 yards on the ground, including a game-high 174 yards from senior Deion Tonge.
Junior Keanu Young had 74 yards and a touchdown, while senior Jayquez Smith had 30 yards and two touchdowns to power the Bardstown offense.
“Defensively we did the best we could,” Fort Knox head coach Brandon Combs said. “The kids went toe-to-toe with them for the most part the entire game.”
The Eagles racked up 211 yards of offense, but didn’t get on the scoreboard until the closing seconds of the fourth quarter when junior Deonza Irving broke free for a 65-yard touchdown run. Irving finished with 93 yards rushing while Eli Escoffery chipped in with 72 yards to pace the Fort Knox offense.
“Give Fort Knox a lot of credit,” Clark said. “Coach Combs has them playing really really hard. The Eagles run their offense really well. They limited our touches offensively and shrunk down the game.”
Both offenses struggled in the first half with heavy amounts of rain and a sloppy field making it difficult to keep drives going. Smith punctuated the Tigers’ opening drive with a seven-yard score, but neither team could take advantage the rest of the half.
The second half was kinder to the Tigers, with Young getting one score on a 10-yard scamper and Smith powering another through from three yards out, giving Bardstown a 21-0 lead after three quarters. Tonge crossed the goal line from 15 yards out with about three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to put Bardstown up 27-0.
Clark said eliminating turnovers and penalties was key for the Tigers offensive resurgence in the second half.
“You can’t win these type of football games with those types of mistakes,” Clark said. “Second half we were really focused on protecting the ball and getting long drives and we were able to do that.”
Bardstown now turns their attention to the DeSales Colts (5-0) in a matchup that could go a long way in providing seeding for the playoffs.
“It’s going to be a huge game,” Clark said. “They are a really good football team. It’s going to let us know where we are and what type of football team we have.”