The Richwoods Knights and their fans hit the road to Browning Field in Moline Friday night in a big game for both teams. These two perennial playoff entries were each 0-2 and desperately looking for a win.
Moline kicked off on a perfect night for football, but both teams were unable to move the ball on their first possession. A nice punt return by Malik Bracey was followed with a 23 yard run by Kiontre O'Neal. This led to Max Berres taking it in the end zone from four yards out at the 4:25 mark. The Knights led 7-0. Justin Cole's kicking and punting was keeping Moline pinned in their own territory and Kiontre O'Neal scampered 43 yards to paydirt to end the first quarter with Richwoods ahead, 14-0.
After the Knights recovered a fumble at the Maroons' 20 yard line early in the second frame, Berres hit Steve Covington with a 14 yard strike and the visitors led 21-0 with 9:39 left in the half. O'Neal later dashed for a 73 yard touchdown with 5:40 left and the rout was on. A Maroons' bad snap resulted in a safety and it was 30-0 at intermission.
O'Neal had yet another long gainer, this time a 77 yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to cap an outstanding night. He rushed for 258 yards unofficially. The game ended with a running clock and a 44-0 victory for Richwoods. Knights fans would have a happy ride home after seeing their team dominate the line of scrimmage and the game as well. The big runs made by Kiontre O'Neal and the huge punt returns by Malik Bracey were also a welcome sight. The squad will hope to keep it up as they look forward to hosting an up and coming Galesburg team this coming Friday.
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