The scoreboard wouldn't take long to light up in this contest. The first year program (Keys Gate Charter) would display great team speed by returning the opening kickoff -- for a 94-yard touchdown by the knight's (#5) Roderick Grissom -- but FLAG ON THE PLAY -- negating the game opening touchdown -- and the knights would be forced to punt.
The knights defense would come out fired up -- delivering back-to-back big hits by (#21) linebacker Mykale Dozier and (#8) Strong Safety Melchelzadek Mathews. Mykale Dozier would finish the game as the team leader in tackles making plays on both defense and special teams.
During the 2nd quarter -- (#5) RB Roderick Grissom would begin causing the wolverines defensive coordinator headaches -- as he would gain three consecutive first downs on the drive --- running and catching the ball out the backfield.
On the next play -- the knights wide receiver (#6) Malachi McCray would display game changing speed as well -- dodging several defenders and taking it to the house -- scoring on a 63-yard jet sweep to put the knights up, 6-0.
The wolverines would begin to drive the ball -- using double hand-offs out of their wing-t offense and eventually catch the knights secondary off guard throwing a rare 24 yard touchdown pass and making the extra point to take the lead, 7-6.
The celebration didn't last long for the wolverines fans -- (#6) Malachi McCray would score his 2nd touchdown on the day returning a 64 yard kick return as the knights fans erupted watching their team take the lead again, 12-7.
The knights now in the 3rd quarter -- needed to answer back on offense and (#5) RB Roderick Grissom was up for the challenge. His first two plays was first downs -- 20 yard run and 25 yard catch out the backfield. Roderick would then score on a 13 yard touchdown up the middle, but FLAG ON THE PLAY -- and the knights would come up short on 4th down.
Early in the 4th quarter -- the wolverines offense would drive into the knights end zone, but the knights defense would bend but wouldn't break. The knights (#50) linebacker Adolfo Lopez would make a key 5 yard tackle for a loss -- shutting the gap on 3rd down and causing the wolverines offense a 4th and long.
The wolverines decided to go for it on 4th down inside the knights red zone. But their pass would be intercepted by the knights (#10) free safety Jalen Jones and the young man had six on his mind -- returning the ball 27 yards before being tackle -- (#11) cornerback Tristin Hope turn-in a great day both coverage and run support.
On the knights next play -- (#14) QB Jerusalem Mathews would then throw a 24 yard touchdown, but FLAG ON THE PLAY.
After stopping the wolverines the next drive -- the knights offense would milk the clock -- and get into victory formation.
The knights (#56) offensive lineman Jonathan Dennis "literally" drove defensive lineman backwards at least three yards every play -- I'm not joking and his pass protection was amazing. Wide receiver/returner Malachi McCray is someone that has caught my eye and is for sure now on my radar.
HC/OC Charles Rackley
DC Bobby Jones
DB Bedtick taylor