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Knights Clinch IHSA Playoff Berth with Victory over Sangamon Valley

With a steady rain coming down, running back Mason Allen fakes receiving the handoff from QB Kaden Feagin. Feagin would actually throw a pass to #4 Jayce Parsons at the left side of the picture. Jayce was his favorite target in the game with Sangamon Valley, as he caught all six of Kaden’s completed passes. The Knights would win 50-7 and with a 6-2 record were guaranteed a berth in the IHSA football playoffs. The Knights finish the regular season at home next Friday, October 21 against the Argenta-Oreana Bombers.

By SALLY McCARTHY
Staff Writer

The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond Knights’ football team’s season record moved to 6-2 after their 50-7 win over the Sangamon Valley Storm on Friday, October 21. With the win the Knights are guaranteed a berth in the IHSA football playoffs.

After receiving the opening kickoff and moving the ball to the Knights 20, the Storm’s quarterback threw a pass that was picked off by ALAH senior Mason Allen.

The Knights took over on offense and would have five possessions in the first half and scored on four of them. Quarterback Kaden Feagin got the Knights their first score on a 54 yard run. Chilton Ingram kicked the extra point with 4:53 left in the first and ALAH led 7-0.

The defense came up big again on SV’s next series when the Knights senior Noah Garrett recovered a Storm fumble. ALAH’s Jayce Parsons gained 11 yards on a run and another 27 on a pass from Feagin. Feagin picked up 16 on a run of his own and finished the drive with a 9 yard touchdown run with 11:16 to go in the second. The EP kick was blocked and the visitors were up 13-0,

Sangamon Valley would get their only score of the game on an 8 yard run by Chase Walters on their only complete series in the half. Kaden Dougherty kicked the extra point and the score was 13-7 in favor of the Knights with 5:41 left in the first half.

The Knights had three more possessions before halftime and scored on two of them both 9 yard runs, the first by Parsons and the other by Feagin. Feagin ran in the two point conversion after Parson’s td and Ingram kicked the extra point after Feagin’s. That last score by Feagin came with 39.5 seconds remaining and then Ingram executed a little pop kick that resulted in ALAH’s Connor Nettles recovering the ball for ALAH. The offense ran out the clock and the lead was 28-7 at the break.

The second half would see the Knights score three more times, the first was another 9 yard run by Parsons but the kick was blocked again and the red, black and gold led 34-7 with 7:56 to go in the third.

After another fumble recovered by ALAH’s defense, Feagin would take off on a 41 yard touchdown run and also get the 2 point conversion to make the score 42-7 with just over a minute gone in the fourth quarter.

Another interception by Drew Cotton gave the ball back to ALAH and Feagin would score his fifth touchdown of the game on a 37 yard run. On the EP kick, holder Noah Garrett took a slippery snap on the very wet field and ran the ball into the corner of the end zone making what would be the final score of the game, 50-7. The clock read 10:06 and there would be a running clock for the remainder of the game.

Sangamon Valley turned the ball over on downs on their last possession and the Jr. Varsity Knights finished out the game.

The Knights close out their regular season at home next Friday, October 21 against Lincoln Prairie Conference opponent the Argenta-Oreana Bombers. It will be Senior Night so come out and show your support for them and cheer the Knights on to a 7-2 record, the best in several years.

From Coach Jefferson, “Thanks to those who weathered the STORM last night as we conquered Sangamon Valley in a big win to get to number 6, which guarantees playoffs. Next Friday, we look to get to 7-2 to finish out the regular season and hopefully secure a home playoff game!”

Here are stats from our Week 8 victory:

OFFENSIVE STATS

*Offensive Line coming up big again for an effort in which we rushed for over 400 yards, and around 520 total yards!

Rushing – Kaden Feagin, 14 for 285 & 5 TDs…Jayce Parsons, 8 for 50 & 2 TDs…Landon Waldrop, 5 for 41…Mason Allen, 4 for 26…Maddix Stirrett, 1 for 23…Alex Rexroad, 1 for 7…Austin Bates, 2 for 2…Ryan Appleby, 1 for -1

Passing – Kaden Feagin, 6 of 10 for 90

Receiving – Jayce Parsons, 6 for 90

DEFENSIVE STATS

Tackles – Kaden Feagin, 11…Tanner Beckmier, 9…Jayce Parsons, 7…Drew Cotton, 5…Jacob Tighe, 5…Kody Kornewald, 5..Chris Miller, 5…Mason Allen, 4…Noah Garrett, 4…Connor Nettles, 4…Landon Waldrop, 2…Nathan Tighe, 1…Bobby Schanuel, 1…Caleb Corum, 1…Maddix Stirrett, 1…Jaydon Yoder, 1…Mit Appleby, 1…Ryan Appleby, 1…Colton Taylor, 1…Nate Hale, 1…Chilton Ingram, 1

Tackles for Loss – Mason Allen, 2…Kaden Feagin, 1…Bobby Schanuel, 1

Sacks – Kaden Feagin, 1…Noah Garrett, 1…

Pass Break-Ups – Mit Appleby, 1…Chris Miller, 1

Interceptions – Drew Cotton, 1…Mason Allen, 1

Forced Fumbles – Kaden Feagin, 3…Connor Nettles, 1

Fumble Recoveries – Kaden Feagin, 1…Noah Garrett, 1

SPECIAL TEAMS STATS

PATs – Chilton Ingram, 2 of 4 (50%) *both misses were blocked

Kick-Offs – Chilton Ingram, 8 for 259 (one resulted in an onside recovery)

Kick-Off Returns – Bobby Schanuel, 1 for 0…Mason Allen, 1 for 0 (both were onside kick attempts by the opponent)

Onside Kick Recoveries – Connor Nettles

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