Pictured above: Hayden Rome (10) looks to the sideline for a play-call from his coach. Photo by Halle Brazda.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Falcons lost their first rivalry game of the season at home Friday night against the Episcopal Knights, 42-21. This year’s Episcopal team is led by a two-headed demon on offense, with quarterback Preston Heard (12) and running back Jake Levrier (11) powering through a vulnerable Falcon defense. Although the score shows a sound defeat, this win did not come easy for Episcopal Knights.
To start off the game, the Falcons got on the board first, with quarterback Michael Goldak (12) leading to his nine yard rushing touchdown. The score was 7-0 with 4:52 left in the first quarter.
Ten seconds later, the Knights got the ball in their hands for the first time in the game, and Levrier powered through and ran in a 54 yard touchdown run. This was the first of six touchdowns for the Knights.
After Levrier’s run, the Falcons couldn’t get into any rhythm whatsoever, and they did not score any points until the fourth quarter. With Marvin Wilson (11) from Episcopal stopping any runner that came through the middle, and solid secondary play, the Falcons’ offense could not get anything going, which is why the team couldn’t stop the bleeding throughout the game.
In the second quarter, the Knights scored three consecutive touchdowns, entering halftime with a 35-7 over a mentally and physically exhausted Kinkaid team.
This year’s football team has consistently been determined and have refused to give up regardless of the score. A young team with this much competitive grit is a positive sign for the future of the Kinkaid football program. And this mentality was evident in the second half.
The Falcons held the Knights to just one touchdown in the third quarter. Although heading into the fourth quarter down 42-7, the Falcons tallied up two more touchdowns to end the game on a high point and momentum into next week’s game. Quarterback Matthew Maggi (11) threw his first touchdown pass of the season to Rhett Cardwell (12). And late in the fourth, running back Marquis Hubbard (10) dove into the endzone for another touchdown.
The Falcons prepare to bounce back on Friday, Oct. 9 versus the Houston Christian Mustangs, with just three games left until the SPC tournament.