It was black out night in support of Easter Seals Friday at Endres Field as Richwoods hosted Galesburg. The weather was outstanding which is one of the many superlatives that could be used to describe the play of the Knights as they handed Galesburg a methodical, workmanlike drubbing.
The Richwoods fight song rang loud as the fired up Knights burst through the "R" Shield and took the field ready for action. Intent on establishing the ground attack, quarterback Max Berres was on target with his passes as well. After both teams went three and out on their first possession, the Knights took over the ball, and the game for that matter, on their 20 yard line to start their second offensive series. A long drive ensued, eating up the remainder of the first quarter. Berres snuck it in from the one yard line early in the second and the score was 7-0. The drive was highlighted by strong rushing on the part of Kiontre O'Neal and two nice pass completions from Berres to Steve Covington and Sean Flaherty.
Galesburg was unable to get any offense going and, after a nine yard punt, Justin Cole booted a 31 yard field goal that sailed through the uprights with 20 yards to spare to make it 10-0 midway in the second period. The Knights'defense held back the Streaks on a fourth and one at the Galesburg 40 yard line and it was Katie bar the door as Brandon Huerta scored twice in the last two minutes of the half to send the hosts to the locker room with a 24-0 lead. Galesburg, no slouches by any means, ran only three offensive plays in the first quarter and had only one first down for the half.
A beautiful 53 yard touchdown pass from Berres to Covington at the 10:23 mark of the third quarter increased the lead to 31-0. Covington, a junior, is emerging as a playmaker for the Knights on both sides of the ball. Reserves took over from there and only a late score by Galesburg prevented Richwoods from chalking up its second straight shut out.
The Knights evened their record at 2-2 and have outscored their last two opponents by a combined score of 75-7. They now look to continue their winning ways next Friday as they host Manual for Homecoming. This year's Homecoming festivities will include the 40th and 35th year reunions for the classes of 1973 and 1978 respectively. The Knights are steadily improving and look to be ready to put forth a good effort for the returning alumni.
In the other big Mid State 6 game, Notre Dame put the hurt on Central and handed the Lions their first loss, 35-12. The Irish size on the line and speed at the skill positions proved to be too much for the young Lions.