Knights dig deep in loss
Football: HTA doesnt say die against Celtic
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 11:58 am
A Holy Trinity Academy Knights running back found himself slightly out of sorts during their game last week.
Rather than taking hand-offs, the Knights’ Donovan Curtis was giving hand-offs and throwing passes in the team’s gutsy 18-9 loss to Grande Prairie’s St. Joseph Celtic in Edmonton on Friday.
Curtis was forced into action after starting quarterback Spencer Kiranas was knocked out of the game with a head injury. Curtis is No. 4 on Holy Trinity Academy’s (HTA) depth chart at QB. Troy McGee was out with a family commitment and No. 3 Nick McFarland has a leg injury.
“I was asked last week if I could do it and I practiced a few days and went for it,” Curtis said. “I took a few reps at practice but I never expected to get in.”
When Kiranas got his bell rung, Knights head coach Matt Hassett put out the call for Curtis.
“My strategy was if I don’t see anybody open to just take off,” said Curtis, the Knights feature back.
The Knights turned in a solid effort against the Celtics who went into the game ranked fourth in the province in Tier II.
“I thought our defence played really well and our offence was able to move the ball some, but we lost Spencer (Kiranas) in the third quarter,” Hassett said. “We still moved the ball, but we were a little one-dimensional. I thought Donny did a good job, considering.
“We just couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.”
The Knights weren’t able to score an offensive touchdown. Their lone major came on a pick-six from cornerback Jordan Rae from about 45 yards out.
“The quarterback overthrew it and I just picked it off and had a clear run to the end zone,” Rae said. “It was pretty sweet.”
The Knights would go into the locker-room down 7-6 at halftime. The Celtic added a field goal and later a safety. They would score a major in the final minutes of play for the 18-9 victory.
Hassett said he was pleased with the never-say-die attitude of the Knights.
“I thought we played well, we just didn’t get the victory,” Hassett said. “We just have to keep working, every week it’s seems like we face another form of adversity.”
The Knights have a 2-4 record. They will play the Highwood Mustangs in High River on Thursday. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.