The Arab Jr. Knights came up short again Tuesday at Fort Payne but head coach Jason Guger was anything but discouraged.

“It was a quick turnaround for us from last week and we had to make a pretty long road trip to Fort Payne,” he said. “I really couldn’t ask the kids to play any better than they did, especially in the first half in both games.”

Last Thursday, Arab’s teams both lost at Gadsden City: eighth grade 8-14, seventh grade 14-32.

On Tuesday, the eighth grade lost 20-12 in a game where it gave up an easy touchdown for the Wildcats.

“We had a bad snap, fumbled the ball and they ran it in for a touchdown,” said Guger.

QB Davis Kinney scored one touchdown on a 3-yard run and connected with Graham Grisham on a 56-yard pass play for another score.

The seventh grade lost 14-8 in another defensive contest, but the Knights were able to score on another long ball. Quarterback Eli Williams completed a pass to Dale Ray Morton that covered 52 yards for a touchdown.

Williams then hit Chase Kirkland for the two-point conversion.

“It was a matter of three to five plays in both games that Fort Payne did a little better on than we did, but defensively we played so much better,” Guger said.

“The improvement is definitely showing now. Every single player has gotten so much better since Game 1 to Game 3.”

The Knights will host Scottsboro on Tuesday.

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