Knights shut out visitors 50-0
Chavis steps up for 100-plus-yard game
CHESTER - In one play, Snug Wilson showed his field awareness, his blistering speed and his unwillingness to go down.
The 5-7, 142-pound receiver and DB snatched up the punt, broke free of Franklin County defenders, swept from the right side of the field all the way to the left side, and then set sail.
As he neared the goal line, a Franklin County defensive back wrapped his arms around Wilson for the tackle. Wilson shook him off... ...and stayed on his feet
until he dove into the end zone.
Wilson wasn’t the only player enjoying a monster night. The Knights’ rushing crew caught fire for a storm of big plays and the relentless defense punished visiting Franklin County as Thomas Dale Football took the first round of the playoffs on a 50-0 triumph.
“It was a great win for us as a team. We challenged them the last couple weeks to play good football offensively, defensively and special teams,” said Thomas Dale Football head coach Kevin Tucker. “Defense is playing some topnotch football right now and the offense is starting to really click.”
After Thomas Dale raced out to an 8-0 lead within the first minute of the game, the two teams traded turnovers before the Knights stopped the visitors on fourth down at Thomas Dale’s 5.
The Knights’ homerun rushing attack struck full force on the next drive. Elijah Burns barreled down the left sideline on a 42-yard dash to take the ball across midfield. Then Chris Tyree on the next play ripped down the left sideline for 46 yards to pick up the Knights’ second touchdown of the night.
An interception by Brian Davis then set up the short field for Thomas Dale. A quick pass from Michael Bailey to Snug Wilson helped give Thomas Dale a 22-0 advantage before the end of the first quarter.
Then Wilson slashed across the width of the field and raced down the left side, breaking free of pressure to dive into the end zone for the punt return TD.
The big plays kept coming.
AJ Chavis exploded 90 yards down the right sideline and outran his competition to the house for the touchdown.
Chris Tyree, again, found a lane as he leaned to his left and traveled the remaining open field for the 73-yard rushing TD.
And that’s how the Knights went into the locker room leading 43-0, setting up the running clock in the second half.
RB Chavis scored the first touchdown of the evening for the Knights and racked up over 100 yards rushing. As a backup, he picked up reps on the field earlier in the season. He’s now stepping up after Thomas Dale’s Collin Holmes tore his ACL.
Although Franklin County controlled possession for much of the first quarter, Thomas Dale’s stifling defense paved the way for the Knights’ barrage of big plays in the first half.
“That defense man, it’s just flying around to the football and making plays,” Tucker said. “Guys like Tre Smith and Zach Jacobs and Dusan Stjepanovic, they’re making it hard for people to run on us.”
Franklin County intercepted the Knights in the third quarter, but Thomas Dale forced the turnover on downs on their 38.
Isaiah Minns in the second half helped move the chains until he punched in a rushing TD from 20 yards out near the top of the fourth quarter.
The #3 Knights (9-2) move on to play at #2 Manchester in the second round of the playoffs.