The Castle Knights certainly made a statement last Friday heading into their biggest game of the season.
The Knights showed no signs of looking ahead to their match-up this week against top-ranked 3A Evansville Memorial Tigers. Played at North's Bunrandt Stadium, the Knights (5-3, 4-2) easily disposed of the Huskies (1-7, 1-5) winning by the score of 66-21.
"Pretty pleased with how we were," Castle coach Doug Hurt said. "I thought we were very physical on defense. I'm obviously happy to get the win."
The Castle Knights were able to show what they were capable of doing on both sides of the ball and special teams against North. On the Huskies first drive, Castle's Aaron Watson blocked the Huskies punt which set the Knights up on the Huskies five-yard line. Running back Reece Yunker would eventually run the ball into the end zone for the Knights' first score.
For the first time all season, the Knights utilized a platoon system at running back with Yunker and Noah Taylor. Taylor was supposed to get most of the carries this season, but has seen inconsistent playing time which meant Yunker has had his share of carries. Last Friday they both were getting the ball and it paid dividends for the Knights.
Taylor and Yunker rushed for a combined 212 yards, and scored two touchdowns apiece.
"Both running backs were outstanding," Hurt said. "That's a tribute to our offensive line, our offensive line coach, and our offensive coordinator."
The Knights were also throwing the ball all over the field. Castle quarterback Cameron Justus threw three touchdown passes. On all three passes, he found Chase Wilkinson on the receiving end. Wilkins caught a
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total of four passes for a total of 62 yards.
"They saw the man coverage and we took advantage of it," Wilkinson said.
As good as Castle was offensively, their defense was equally impressive. In addition to the blocked punt, the Knights were able to get one interception and five quarterback sacks. On one North drive they were able to sack the quarterback three times.
For Castle, they have one more game left before the tournament. The Knights, currently on a three-game winning streak, would certainly like to end the season on a high note and give Memorial a good game before the post season begins.
C-Yunker three-yard rush
7-0 9:54 C
C-Yunker 42 yard rush
14-0 6:35 C
N-Wheeler one-yard rush
14-7 1:51 C
N-Neighbors two-yard rush
14-14 11:30 tie
C-Taylor 52-yard rush
21-14 10:28 C
C-Justus to Wilkinson 29 yard pass
28-14 9:26 C
C-Taylor 17-yard rush
35-14 3:35 C
C-Justus to Wilkinson 15-yard pass
42-14 9:58 C
C-Justus to Wilkinson 10-yard pass
49-14 4:18 C
C-Harpenau to Heaton 21 yard pass
56-14 .38 C
C-Wandel Field Goal
59-14 8:00 C
C-Krogman 40 yard rush
66-14 3:17 C
N-Wheeler 10 yard rush
66-21 .10 C