It took Bruce Vannoy a though to figure out why a bucket of chilly ice water was dumped on him Saturday.
Immediately after a 50-6 drubbing of Northland Christian, the Eagles are ecstatic as they improve to 3- on the time. Vannoy thinks it to be Knox’s to start with 3- begin in method background. So why shouldn’t the Eagles give their mentor a freezing submit-sport shower?
“You don’t ever anticipate it, but we assumed we could be in the circumstance we’re in now,” explained Vannoy of Knox’s sizzling start out. “We’ve been talking to them and we know we have the meat of our schedule coming up. We had a number of injuries right now, so ideally, we figure out what those people are and get them back up coming week, but regardless, we’re heading to continue to keep shifting.”
The Eagles considered they would have a good changeover to 8-gentleman football this calendar year, and they’ve been correct on the funds so much. They blew up the Trailblazers in the 1st fifty percent, receiving out to a 44- guide before halftime — with Knox scoring 36 in the next quarter.
Knox’s working recreation was electric powered, operating for 271 yards and 5 touchdowns on Saturday. Branson Miller led the way with 83 yards and 3 scores. Austin Jansen ran for 77 yards and a rating. Braxton McCurren ran for 70 yards and caught a passing landing from quarterback Rylan Roberts. And next-string quarterback Collin Hayes, who took in excess of for Roberts after Roberts injured his knee and because the game was previously out of hand, also ran for a touchdown.
“We’ve been concentrating on the operate given that 7 days 1, honestly, so that’s one thing we want to be capable to do,” Vannoy claimed. “We dangle our hat on that and staying equipped to pass off that, not just throwing due to the fact that is all we can do. I really do not know what we rushed for, but I felt like we in all probability had our most effective outing as much as functioning the ball so much.”
With a myriad of rushers employed Saturday, they credited their offensive line for generating their work less complicated.
“Holes. Our line just developed holes and our running backs attacked them,” McCurren said.
“The linemen designed holes that you could generate a truck by way of,” Miller reported. “It was inexperienced subject all the way as a result of.”
And Knox County’s protection came up just as large on Saturday. Northland’s lone rating came on the opening possession out of halftime. The Trailblazers struck quickly on a couple plays to get in the conclude zone. But every single other time they bought shut, the Eagles received a halt or pressured a turnover. Knox designed a goalline stand at the close of the activity.
Northland receiver Dontae Burch entered Saturday averaging 162.5 getting yards for each recreation and had 6 scores on the yr. Knox held him to 6 catches for 52 yards, with an 18-property receiving landing. He also experienced one fumble.
“Grit, aggressiveness, we did our work opportunities,” said McCurren of Knox’s defense on Saturday. “Coach (Jeff) Ackman did a hell of a work getting ready for this activity and we did excellent executing it.”
In whole, the Knox defense secured five turnovers on the afternoon. McCurren recovered two fumbles and Miller snagged an interception. That pads his newfound history as Knox County’s all-time interception chief. Merge what he did on protection and offense, and it was a banner working day for Miller.
“Branson’s just Branson, person. I be expecting him to do what he does,” Vannoy claimed. “He finishes runs, he’s elusive in open up subject, and he’s just a leader for us. He’s a spark plug for our offense and for our protection.”
The Eagles’ program picks up the future two weeks with road online games at Northwest and North Shelby. Northwest was ranked 10th in past week’s 8-guy poll, even though misplaced to St. Paul Lutheran 30-8 on Friday, dropping them to 1-2. And then the Eagles head to North Shelby to encounter the fifth-rated Raiders (3-).
“We’re fired up with in which we’re at, but we have a lot of do the job to do,” Vannoy explained.