Falcons light up the Knights
Football: Foothills Compsite remains undefeated at 6-0
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 10:58 am
The Seniors on the Foothills Falcons had some business to take care of against their rivals to the north on Friday night and it was mission accomplished.
The Falcons blanked the Holy Trinity Academy Knights 56-0 in front of an estimated 1,100 fans at Falcon Field in a Big Rock Football Conference showdown Sept. 27.
“This is the last crack the Grade 12s are going to have at them,” Falcons running back Josh Koshman said. “We prepared really thoroughly for this game all week and we took practices very seriously.”
The fleet-footed running back ended up being a serious contributor to the blowout. With the Falcons holding a 21-0 lead and the Knights hoping to gain some momentum early in the second half, Koshman took the second half opening kick-off 75 yards before being hauled down by HTA’s Adam Colosimo at the Knights’ 35-yard line.
“I had some really good blocking from our guys and I took it to the sideline,” Koshman said. “But Colosimo is pretty fast and pulled me down.”
Koshman finished off the drive with a 17-yard run to paydirt to make it 28-0 early in the third quarter.
The touchdown opened the floodgates as Foothills would add four more majors for the 56-0 victory.
Knights coach Matt Hassett said his squad just made too many mistakes against a solid team, ranked third in the province among Tier II schools.
“We can’t turn the ball over like we did,” Hassett said. “I think at the beginning it was a little bit of nerves in such a big game. You give a team like that a short field it is going to hurt you. Fourteen of their first 21 points came on a short field.”
If the Knights had made the field any shorter, they would have been playing on an old electronic football game.
The Falcons opened the scoring when Knights QB Troy McGee was hammered by Daniel Virtue and coughed up the football to a Foothills defender in HTA territory. Koshman then burst through a hole for a 17-yard touchdown run to give Foothills a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Fumblitis struck the Knights again when Donovan Curtis was distracted by the goalposts and muffed a punt inside HTA’s 10-yard line. Two plays later, Falcons quarterback Hunter Karl called his own number on a four-yard run touchdown run making it 14-0.
The one touchdown that didn’t come on a turnover came on something nearly as hard to defend — a perfect pass to a receiver with peregrine falcon-like speed.
Karl hit a streaking Rory Forrester for a 55-yard catch and run touchdown to give Foothills a 21-0 lead.
“Rory had a great game, he’s the fastest guy out there — nobody can hang with him,” Karl said. “We got the opportunity, the coach (offensive co-ordinator Jayson Krause) saw it and Rory made the play.”
Forrester said it was a new play, nothing fancy.
“We had never run it before, it’s just a deep fly, get behind the safety and bomb me the ball,” Forrester said. “I think it was the best pass of the year, he (Karl) put it right in my hands.”
The Knights got a boost just before the half when their defence made a valiant stand in the shadow of the goalposts to keep HTA within three majors and gave them some momentum going into the locker room.
“I thought our defence played well and they had a big stand at the end to make it 21-0 so we could regroup at halftime,” Hassett said. “They (Foothills) got a big play right away on the kick-off return… We just gave them too many opportunities.”
The Falcons erupted after Koshman’s early second half touchdown. Karl would rush for two more touchdowns and Forrester would contribute a five-yard run to up their lead to 49-0.
They would put up a rude exclamation mark when Karl hit Forrester on a long pass with just over a minute left in the game to make the final 56-0.
Knights cornerback Jordan Rae said he was shocked by the lopsided outcome.
“I was expecting more of a game for sure,” Rae said. “We were on a pretty good roll early, but I think some of the guys got caught up in the game, being in front of all the fans and we lost focus — we started making turnovers and giving Foothills a short field… It was disappointing because I think we are a lot better than that.”
He said the Falcons have an outstanding receiving corps.
“We haven’t faced a passing attack like that. I was excited to see what we could do, but unfortunately we weren’t up to the task,” he said, adding HTA had several players going both ways, which wore them down.
As a team captain, Rae told the Knights they have to put the game behind them.
“I told these guys that a major setback like that can set up a major comeback,” Rae said. “We’ve had the weekend to put the game behind us and I think we will have a hard week of practice.”
Falcons head coach Darren Olson said his team took advantage of early HTA mistakes.
“Two of our touchdowns came on short fields and we were lucky to be up in the first half,” Olson said. “In the second half we started reading better, the quarterback was on, the defence played the run better and we made some big plays offensively.”
He said the final touchdown late in the game was not an attempt to run up the score, but was an audible called by the players.
Olson said the onside kick on the ensuing kickoff was a botched squib kick as well.
The game ended on a scary note when Knights lineman Ethan Kientz laid unconscious on the field after the final play.
He was taken off the field by ambulance, but is expected to make a full recovery.
The 6-0 Falcons had a JV game against the Bow Valley Bobcats Oct. 1 in Canmore, but results were too late for the Western Wheel’s publication deadline.
Their scheduled home game against Grande Prairie on Friday has been cancelled. Another game had yet to be scheduled by press time.
They will play the Rundle College Cobras Oct. 10 in Calgary in a game to decide the Big Rock Conference regular season championship.
HTA (2-3) will travel to Edmonton to play St. Joseph Celtic from Grande Prairie Friday.
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