Aidan Cox threw two touchdown passes to lead the Knights’ junior varsity over DAR 14-7 on Monday night, but Brodie Cash played a huge role defensively to preserve the win and the team’s undefeated season (5-0).
After holding the Patriots on the opening drive of the game, Arab drove 55 yards in only three plays to score. Along with a 5-yard penalty against DAR, Hayden O’Reilly carried for 16 and 6 yards to give the Knights the ball at the Patriot 28, where Cox connected with Dakota NeSmith for Arab’s first score with 2:22 left in the first.
Following a DAR three-and-out, Arab drove 78 yards in 12 plays with Cox hitting Spencer Strickland on a 5-yard touchdown pass. The drive was highlighted by a Cox-to-Strickland pass that covered 30 yards to the Patriot 28 and an 8-yard toss to O’Reilly on a third-and-3 call to the 13. Gavin Currier kicked his second extra point to give Arab a 14-0 lead with 2:07 to go in the half.
DAR put together an impressive 65-yard drive of seven plays that ended with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Cam Lindsay to Tay Stewart just before the half ended to cut the lead to 14-7.
The teams traded possessions to open the third quarter then things got interesting. DAR had a long pass called back on an ineligible receiver downfield call and the Knights held at their own 18.
After Arab took over, a third-down fumble was returned to Arab’s 11, but on fourth-and-7 at the 8, Cash knocked away a pass that likely saved a touchdown. Arab drove from its 8, surviving another fumble along the way, before electing to hand the ball back over to DAR at the Patriot 20 with a “simulated no contact punt,” often used in JV contests.
Lindsay connected on a 15-yard completion to the 35 before having a touchdown pass brought back on a penalty. Cash then batted away a long pass for the second time and O’Reilly got a hand on another before the final attempt fell incomplete as time expired.
Cox completed 7 of 12 passes for 115 yards for the Knights while O’Reilly picked up 53 yards rushing on 14 carries.