Arab’s eighth grade Junior Knights seem to have something going for them in the third quarter. But, coach Jason Guger is looking for the team to have more of a presence in the other three quarters as well.
Technically a combined seventh/eighth grade game with Brewer, the result Tuesday night was similar. Down 13-0 at the half, the Knights cut the lead to 13-8 in the third quarter, only to see the Patriots pick up two more touchdowns in the fourth to defeat Arab 27-8.
“We’re a third-quarter team,” Guger said. “We preached physicality all week and did it in the third quarter but that was a little late.
“We’ve just got to start better.”
On the second play of the game, Arab fumbled the ball over to Brewer, and the Patriots covered 40 yards in four plays with Daniel Morris scoring on a 4-yard run with 5:59 to go in the first quarter.
Morris had a big night with 139 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
“They had a great running game with a big back and a quarterback that offset him a little bit. We didn’t do a good job tackling him,” Guger said.
The Knights ran out of downs at the Brewer 25 on their next drive and the Patriots scored in 12 plays with Morris going in from 5 yards out. Connor Kirby then kicked the first of three extra points.
Arab’s lone score came following a Brewer fumble on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. J.R. Young capped a short 28-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. Jackson Jones, who had an 11-yard run on a third-and-4 to the 10 during the drive, completed a pass to Logan Silva for the two-point conversion to cut Brewer’s lead to 13-8.
The Knights fumbled away their next possession, though, and the Patriots wasted no time in putting points on the board. On fourth-and-17, Walker Latham completed a halfback pass to Coleson Cannon that covered 40 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Brewer then held the Knights on downs and drove 57 yards in four plays, all with Morris running the football. He scored on a 13-yard run with 3:48 left in the game.
Jones completed 5 of 10 passes for 50 yards for the Knights while J.R. Young had an even 50 yards rushing in 13 carries.
The Junior Knights will be at Fairview next Monday, as will the Arab junior varsity.