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Strong defense leads Knights to season's first win
by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
September 26, 2012 12:05 AM | 2470 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo -- Saint Francis (right) beat Hebron Christian Academy (left) 23-0 last Friday for their first varsity win of the season.
Special Photo -- Saint Francis (right) beat Hebron Christian Academy (left) 23-0 last Friday for their first varsity win of the season.
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After allowing over 40 points in back-to-back games, the St. Francis Knights’ defense buckled down in week five and shut out Hebron Christian Academy for their first win of the season.

“We came together defensively and whenever we needed to get a stop we were able to bear down and get one,” said St. Francis football coach Brennen Booth of the 23-0 win. “I’m so proud of our guys and the way they prepared all week. That should give us a great deal of confidence going forward.”

After kicking off to start the game, St. Francis’ (1-4 overall) defense got a quick stop to flip the ball back to their offense. A short drive ended with fullback Garrett Bode plunging into the end zone and giving the Knights an early 7-0 lead.

Three more stops on defense set up a 53-yard touchdown pass from Joey Roche to Nathan Waller than put St. Francis up 13-0 heading into the half.

Brennan Bauschka added a second half field goal and Roche scored on a 34-yard touchdown run to bring the game to a 23-0 final.

The win was the first of the season for St. Francis and just their second varsity win in school history. It was also by far their best defensive performance in two seasons and the school’s first ever shutout.

“We held them to just under 250 yards of offense and it was a great feeling to see the kids come out and play that way,” said Booth.

“We practiced as a winning team and we’re able to put it together on the field.”

Junior Lance Pecot led the defense with 6.5 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up.

Lake McClure had seven tackles and a sack, Waller added 6.5 tackles on defense and Zach Wanamaker came up with a critical fourth down stop to preserve the shutout.

“We still have a lot of stuff to work on but it’s a great way to head into the bye week, get some people healthy and come out looking to get that second win against Cross Keys,” said the St. Francis coach.

The Knights will host Cross Keys — who lost 60-0 to the same Hebron Christian team — in the first of three home games Oct. 5. Their schedule wraps up with Baconton, Lakeview Academy, Towns County and North Cobb Christian in the season finale.

“Everyone on our schedule from this point on is a team we can compete with and beat, we’ll have to prepare with the same intensity we did last week but I’m looking to win all five of them,” said Booth.
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