Knights Pull Out Thrilling 21-18 Win
A series of close calls and narrow escapes led the Knights to a 21-18 victory against Shoreham-Wading River on the road Saturday.
“It was just a tremendous, tremendous win,” coach Dave Shanahan said.
The Knights, who are now 5-2 in Division IV, are locked in for a playoff berth, but this Saturday’s season closer against Center Moriches could help propel Glenn to a no. 3 playoff seed.
Quarterback Wayne White scored all 3 touchdowns spread across the first three quarters of the game. He gained 112 yards on 22 attempts.
The Knights went into the final frame with a 21-10 lead, but Shoreham-Wading River posted a late touchdown, followed by a 2-point conversion, to make it 21-18.
However, with about five minutes to go, the Knights stymied their opponents on a fourth-down attempt at the midfield, regained possession and ran out the clock to secure the victory.
Shanahan said several defensive feats really made a big difference in the hard-fought game.
“We had a goal line stand in the second quarter – we stopped them inside the 2-yard-line on two consecutive plays. That was a big momentum swing,” he said.
Chris Forsberg was the other major rushing force during the game, racking up 101 yards on 17 attempts.
On receiving, TJ Tiernan connected for 13 yards. Stephen Orkiszewski connected twice for 34 yards, and Dave Wicks and Forsberg connected once each for 10 and 6 yards, respectively. White was 3-for-3 for 46 yards, while Tommy Balacki was 3-for-3 with 20 yards.
On defense, a tag-team effort by brothers Hasan and Brodie King left the opposition pummeled. Brodie had 6.5 tackles, and Hasan had a banner day by piling up 10 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
“They played hard… They hustled they really had a tremendous game,” Shanahan said of the brothers.
Other major defensive contributors included: Michael Mannix, who had 8 tackles and a forced fumble; Tiernan, who had 2.5 tackles; Edwin Rubio, who had 3.5 tackles; and Matt Choinski and Darius Smith, who made 3 tackles each. Keeshawn Boodie tackled 2 and broke up two passes.
The Knights are home for Senior Day on Saturday, when they close out the regular season against Center Moriches at 1:30 p.m.