Junior Knights undefeated; play Saturday at home

12 years ago

Houlton Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
sp-football-dc7-pt-39EYES ON THE PRIZE — Tyler Smith of the Houlton Junior Knights football team eludes a defender and keeps his eyes on the goal line, as he raced to a touchdown.

    In what was billed as a possible barn burner between two undefeated junior high squads, coach Bill Alderson’s Houlton Junior Knights remain unblemished and un-threatened on the young season with a thorough 42-14 drubbing of a very respectable Millinocket squad on Saturday at the Airport Field. 
    The Knights running back tandem of eighth-graders Tyler Smith and Nick Botting ran wild in the first half, and the Knights were up by a dominating 29-0 score after the first quarter.     Botting started things with a bang with a 59-yard touchdown run on the Knights’ first offensive play, and then rushed in the two-point conversion, as well. Smith added a 22-yard bolt minutes later, but the run failed. Botting exploded for another amazing 76-yarder on the Knights’ next possession, with Smith rushing for the two-point conversion. Smith closed out the quarter with a 58-yard punt return touchdown and converted the extra point.
    The Knights’ first-team defense was also very stingy in the opening frame, although Millinocket did pick up some first downs behind some tough running by their tailback. This was the first time all season that the first-team defense was used, and they pitched a shutout the entire first half, before getting the bench for most of the second half.
Houlton Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
sp-football-dc1-pt-39FROM BEHIND — Cody Condon of the Houlton Junior Knights is tackled by a Millinocket player from behind during last Saturday’s game at the Houlton Airport Field.

     Jared Fox tossed to Botting — the only pass the Knights threw all day — for a 48-yard touchdown to close out the half with the Knights up 35-0.
    Smith had 12 tackles and Botting added 15 more, as they were stars defensively as well, but key contributions came also from Jed Grant and Nate Mooers up front. The Fox twins were solid (Jacob at outside linebacker and Jared at cornerback) and Cody Condon was notable on the second-team defense in the second half.
    Millinocket scored on a 40-yard catch and run on their first possession of that second half to make it 35-6, but Jacob Fox set up the Knights’ final touchdown with a long run to the 11 to end the third quarter. Grant ran in an 11-yard “Statue of Liberty” from there, and Jared Fox converted the point to make it 42-6.
    The Minutemen scored the final points of the game with a 25-yard run, while also converting for two points to make the final, 42-14.
    The 3-0 Junior Knights will be in action again Saturday at the Airport Field when they take on the Caribou Huskies. 
    On the season, the Junior Knights have now scored 169 points and yielded just 34.
Houlton Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
sp-football-dc9-pt-39CHARGE — Nick Botting of the Houlton  Junior Knights charges by the Millinocket defense on a running play during last Saturday’s game. Botting had an outstanding rushing game.