Turnovers key in Knox victory
BOURBON — On a wet, soggy night, Knox came to Bourbon and handed the Triton Trojans their seventh loss of the season by a score of 28-7. Triton played better than the score would show, but five turnovers kept them from keeping the score close.
According to Triton head coach Rodney Younis you can’t expect anything but a loss with that many turnovers.
“Bottom line is turnovers hurt us,” Younis said. “You can’t expect to win ball games when you turn it over as much as we did tonight. Our effort was good tonight, but it’s hard to win ball games when you turn it over as much as we did.”
Knox drove the ball right down the field after the opening kickoff and then fumbled it on the way in for a score and Triton recovered at its own 2. Knox would score on the next play as Triton fumbled it in its own end zone and recovered the ball for a safety. The next drive the Redskins drove right down the field again, carried mostly by Eric Dan, and Jordan Beem punched it in for the touchdown from the 10. The two-point conversion failed. That put the Redskins on top 8-0.
Triton would take their second possession and move it down the field until Caleb Heineman intercepted Bryson Mosier on the first of what would be four interceptions thrown by Triton. Knox took the ball right down the field on the legs of Dan and he took it in for the score from 3 yards out. The extra point was no good and Knox now led 14-0.
After three and outs by both teams, Mosier took off for 47 yards on a keeper that put Triton into Knox territory. The Redsksins helped them out with a pass interference penalty on an incomplete pass thrown on fourth down. Triton had the ball at the Knox 12 when the turnover monster showed its ugly head again with a fumble on the pitch play and Knox ran out the clock to go into halftime.
Triton would receive the ball to start the second half and scored a touchdown on what was almost another turnover. Mosier completed a short pass to Cody Shively who was upended and fumbled the ball. DJ Riffle recovered the ball for Triton and raced down the field for about 50 yards and scored the Trojans’ only touchdown of the game.
From then on it was more ground and pound from Knox and more turnovers from Triton. Jordan Beem scored two touchdowns on the ground in the second half and also added an interception. Dan and Brian Fulghum would also add interceptions to seal out the game.
Overall, Knox coach Chris McGowan was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We concentrated on the run game and the guys up front really took control of the football game and set the tone early,” McGowan said. “The defense was flying around. We have gone to the KISS philosophy, keep it simple, stupid. KISS and KILL, keep it likable and learnable. The kids are having fun with it. We have been in a lot of games and it’s time the ball started bouncing our way. A lot of times we have been on the opposite end of the turnovers. When you keep playing hard, good things are going to happen.”
Knox will hope that good things keep happening as they take on New Prairie at home next week for the final game of the regular season. Triton will be heading to Jimtown to take on the undefeated Jimmies.
• KNOX 28,
Score by quarters
Knox: 8 6 7 7 — 28
Triton: 0 0 7 0 — 7
K — Safety 9:20
K — Beem 10 run (Miller rush failed) 2:56
K — E. Dan 2 run (Hernandez kick failed) 8:32
T — DJ Riffle 39 fumble recovery (Bautista Kick) 9:47
K — Beem 17 run (Hernandez kick) 4:01
K — Beem 3 run (Hernandez kick) 2:48
First Downs: 21 9
Rushing Yards: 302 110
Passing: 4-8-1 3-11-4
Passing Yards: 35 75
Fumbles-Lost: 2-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards Lost: 6-55 3-22
Knox stats leaders
Rushing: E. Dan 24-153, Sustaita 11-52, Beem 5-37, DiNovo 5-31
Passing: Milleer 4-8-1 for 35 yards
Receiving: D. Short 3-32, Sustaita 1-3
Triton stat leaders
Rushing: Mosier 14-85, Shively 9-17, Creighbaum, 3-8
Passing: Mosier 2-8-3 51 yds. Creighbaum 1-3-1 24 yds
Receiving: Shively 2-12, Reichert 1-24
Records: Knox 2-6, Triton 1-7.