Published on October 28, 2014
The Week in Review Prospect vs Elk Grove Varsity 31 – 13 Sophomore 7 – 10 Freshman A 27 – 13 Freshman B vs Notre Dame 16 – 14 Knights Battle to the Finish On Friday night away, the Prospect sophomore football team took on the Elk Grove Grenadiers and lost 7-10. The game was fought hard by the Knights and the players kept battling to the end, especially the defense and special teams. Before the game Friday, the Knights had surrendered an average of 24 points per game; Elk Grove only scored 10. The Prospect defense also brought stamina and conditioning to the field: Elk Grove ran 63 plays on offense while the Knights ran 32. Defensively, from the front line to Vince Lobono as the last line, the Knights swarmed to the ball, fought through blocks, gang-tackled EG ball carriers and gave high effort and intensity. Right from the start, the Prospect defense was challenged. Elk Grove took the ball from their own 30 on a 13 play drive down to the Prospect 10 with first and goal. Alex Palczewski stopped the runner after gaining 5 yards. EG gained 3 yards on second down, stopped by a brigade of Knights. On third and goal from the 2, a gang of defenders led by Sam Lumia forced a loss of 3 to bring up 4th and goal from the 5. The field goal was good and the long opening drive consumed 6 minutes and 16 seconds, but only produced 3 points. Linebackers in this defense have to react quickly. Josh McDermott explains how it happens: "The first thing we're taught to do is read the line and fill opposite of our D-ends and nose tackle. Tonight we all were trying to first see if it was run or pass, fill opposite, get off blocks and make plays." Anthony Liva took the kickoff at the 34 yard line, covered the ball with both hands, and barreled head on up the field for 16 yards, setting the Prospect offense up with the ball at mid-field. Dante Cecala sprinted to his left for 10 yards and a first down. A few plays later on fourth down, Liva's 34-yard punt forced Elk Grove to start at their own 11. Again with the ball on offense, the Grenadiers launched a long, 17-play drive and marched down to the Prospect 7 yard line. During the drive, Sam Stolidakis dropped the EG runner for a 3-yard loss on a 1st down play, McDermott knifed in for a big stop on another 1st down play for no gain and Zach Gleason made a solo tackle on a 1st down for a short gain. On 4th and 3 from the Prospect 7, Gleason broke on the pass in the end zone for a deflection and turned the ball over to the Knights offense. The first half ended with Prospect behind by 0-3. It was only a matter of time before the Knights offense that had scored 79 points in the last two games got cranked up. That time was at the start of the second half. Prospect gained 13 yards in 3 plays to get a first down on their own 40. The Knights stacked up another first down at mid-field . Then, on 2nd and 7 from the Elk Grove 47, Josh Kern kept the ball on a run to his right, sliced through a crease at the line of scrimmage and bolted down field for a 47 yard touchdown. A Jeremy Potratz PAT put the Knights up 7-3 with momentum on their side. The Prospect defense kept the pressure on the next time the Grenadiers got the ball. On first down, Josh McDermott made a solo tackle after a 3 yard gain. On second down, it looked like the entire defense walled off the play for only a 2 yard gain. An incomplete pass on third down brought up 4th and 5 at the EG 38. The punt formation turned into a fake, but Sam Stolidakis alertly stayed home to tackle the punter for no gain. Lets Go Knights!