Knights Are Homecoming Kings
The Easthampton Bonackers gave the John Glenn High School hometown crowd a bit of a scare Saturday when they scored a touchdown in the opening minutes. However, that was the last time they’d find the end zone for the day.
Before a packed house Saturday, the Knights put on a powerhouse performance to secure a 42-6 homecoming victory.
When the Bonackers got on the board, the Knights snapped back quickly, starting with Chris Forsberg’s successful block of their extra-point kick. Then, Glenn got to work – Domenique Grange scored on a 13-yard run, followed later in the quarter by Keeshawn Boodie, who bumped the lead to 14-6 on a 33-yard run. Boodie was one of the stars of the homecoming game, racking up 83 yards and a touchdown on 8 rushes, 2 catches for 18 yards, 2 tackles, a pass breakup, and two of the Knights’ four interceptions.
The second quarter was more of the same for John Glenn. Forsberg opened the frame by finding the end zone on a 5-yard run, while Wayne White scored on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Tommy Balacki to send Elwood into halftime with a 28-6 lead.
But Forsberg saved the fireworks for the top of the third, when he set a school record, according to coach Dave Shanahan, by deftly maneuvering the field and dodging defenders to score a touchdown on a 95-yard kickoff return. White added a sixth touchdown, on a 5-yard run, for good measure to cement the 42-6 win.
Kicker David Wicks scored 6 extra points for Glenn.
Forsberg rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on five attempts, while Wicks piled up 45 yards on two rushes. Najir Brown gained 47 yards on 5 attempts, while Grange scored a touchdown and added 25 yards on 4 attempts. White had 11 yards and a touchdown on two rushing plays.
The Knights kept much of their offensive push on the ground. Balacki passed little – just seven times – but made it count when he did, connecting six times for 66 yards and a touchdown. On those attempts, he found: White twice for 20 yards and a touchdown; Matt Czeczotka for 8 yards, Stephen Orkiszewski once for 16 yards, Niger Brown once for 12 yards; and Grange for one 5-yard completion.
The defensive line was strong, with Mike Mannix leading the hit parade with 4.5 tackles. He was joined by TJ Tiernan and Eric Lamay with 3.5 tackles each; White with 3.5 tackles and one of four interceptions; Hasan King with 3 tackles and a sack; Walter Casey with 3 tackles; and Forsberg with 3 tackles and an extra-point kick block. Robert Valdez also pulled down an interception for Glenn.
The Knights are on the road this Saturday, visiting Mercy for a scheduled 1 p.m. game. They host Babylon on Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.