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Knights Finish Regular Season 7-2 with a Final Game Victory over the Bombers

ALAH senior Kaden Feagin brings the ball up the field on a punt return in the game with Argenta-Oreana last Friday. Kaden would take the ball 37 yards into the end zone for the first touchdown in the game. Kaden would add another TD in the first quarter on a 61 yard run. That run would give Kaden the single season rushing record for ALAH. The old record was 1373 yards set by Tyler Schuring in 2013. As of now, with the playoffs yet to come, Kaden had 1409 yards.

By SALLY McCARTHY
Staff Writer

The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond Knights’ football team closed out the 2022 regular season at home iwht a 56-21 win over the Argenta-Oreana Bombers. That put the season record at 7-2 which is the best since 2013 and put the Knights in the IHSA Class 2A football playoffs. The Knights will travel to Vandalia to take on the Vandals on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m.

In the game last Friday, Argenta-Oreana received the opening kickoff but the ALAH defense forced a punt which Kaden Feagin returned 37 yards to the end zone, which put the Knights on the board first with less than two minutes gone in the game, with a 7-0 lead after Chilton Ingram’s EP kick.

The Bombers next series ended with a fumble that was recovered by the Knights’ Landon Waldrop at the A-O 3 with 9:04 left in the first. Four seconds later, Noah Garrett caught a shovel pass from QB Feagin for a touchdown. Ingram’s kick put the home team up 14-0.

A-O did score on their next series on a 7 yard td pass from Ethan Mahan to Jalynn Flowers. Jaymze Binkley kicked the extra point and the Knights’ lead was cut in half at 14-7.

That would be all the scoring for the Bombers until the second half when there would be a running clock and they would tack on a couple of touchdowns against the jr. varsity to get them to 21 points in the game.

The Knights were just getting started in the scoring department as they would score five more touchdowns in the first half on each of their offensive possessions.

Kaden Feagin would score on a 61 yard run with 1:44 remaining in the first. That run would give Kaden the all-time single season rushing record for ALAH. Tyler Schuring, ALAH 2015, held the record of 1373 yards and Kaden now has 1409 so far this season. The playoff games will give him the opportunity to add to this total. Ingram’s kick gave the Knights a 21-7 lead.

In the second quarter, Landon Waldrop kept things rolling with a 25 yard td run just 9 seconds into the period. Ingram’s kick extended the lead to 28-7.
Waldrop played a part in the next score for ALAH with a 47 yard run that put the ball at the Bomber 33. On the next play, Feagin hit wide receiver Connor Nettles with a 33 yard td pass with 9:59 left in the half. Ingram kicked his fifth extra point to put the Knights up 35-7.

Once again, Waldrop would figure in the next score, this time in two ways. First he recovered Ingram’s kickoff at the 31 yard line. Dalton Eads hauled in a 22 yard pass from Feagin that put the ball at the 9. Waldrop picked up 8 yards on one play and then on the next took the ball into the end zone from the 1. Ingram’s kick was good and with 8:29 remaining the score was 42-7.

The last Knights touchdown of the first half was a 15 yard run by Maddix Stirrett. Noah Garrett, holder for the extra point picked up the bobbled snap and ran it in for the 2 point conversion making the score 50-7 at the half.

The second half was played with a running clock and each team had two offensive series. As mentioned before A-O scored twice on two pass plays against the Knights’ JV defense, the first, sixteen seconds into the fourth quarter and the last one as the clock ran out.

The Knights received the kickoff and at the end of a long drive, kicker Chilton Ingram attempted a field goal that was short but the clock was down to 1:59 left in the third. On their other possession of the second half, freshman running back, Brayden Leech scored the last touchdown of the game on a 28 yard run. The EP kick was no good and the Knights would end with 56 points in the game.

From Coach Jefferson: Huge senior night win last night against Argenta-Oreana. Unfortunately we came out with a couple of serious injuries, but the next guys up will be ready to step in and fill the void. Way to finish the regular season strong, getting to 7-2, the best season record since 2014!

Here are the stats from our Week 9 victory!

OFFENSIVE STATS

Rushing – Landon Waldrop, 6 for 97 & 2 TDs…Kaden Feagin, 2 for 63 & 1 TD…Brayden Leech, 3 for 33 & 1 TD…Maddix Stirrett, 7 for 30 & 1 TD…Trey Strode, 1 for 28…Alex Rexroad, 3 for 23…Nate Hale, 5 for 15…Austin Bates, 1 for 12…Ryan Appleby, 2 for -2

Passing – Kaden Feagin, 3 of 6 for 57 & 2 TDs

Receiving – Connor Nettles, 1 for 33 & 1 TD…Dalton Eads, 1 for 22…Noah Garrett, 1 for 2 & 1 TD

DEFENSIVE STATS

Tackles – Noah Garrett, 13…Kaden Feagin, 9…Jacob Tighe, 8…Tanner Beckmier, 4…Drew Cotton, 4…Maddix Stirrett, 3…Kody Kornewald, 3…Ryan Appleby, 2…Colton Taylor, 2…Landon Waldrop, 1…Connor Nettles, 1…Alex Rexroad, 1…Easton Frederick, 1…Steven Edwards, 1…Cash Hale, 1…Jackson Lebeter, 1…August Burton, 1…Tristan Keagle, 1…Kaden Herschberger, 1…Colin Smith, 1…Payton Warrior, 1…Mackenley Bowles, 1

Tackles for Loss – Jacob Tighe, 3…Kody Kornewald, 2…Noah Garrett, 2…Tanner Beckmier, 1

Forced Fumbles – Noah Garrett, 2

Fumble Recoveries – Drew Cotton, 1

Pass Break-Ups – Connor Nettles, 2…Colton Taylor, 1…Alex Rexroad, 1

Sacks – Kaden Feagin, 1…Jacob Tighe, 1…Tanner Beckmier, 1

SPECIAL TEAMS STATS

PATs – Chilton Ingram, 6 for 6 (100%)

FGs – Chilton Ingram, 0 for 1

Kick-Offs – Chilton Ingram, 8 for 363 (with one successful onside kick)…Kaden Herschberger, 1 for 34

Kick-Off Returns – Connor Nettles, 1 for 22…Colton Taylor, 1 for 8…Cruz Hale, 1 for 5

Punt Returns – Kaden Feagin, 1 for 38 & 1 TD

Onside Kick Recovery – Landon Waldrop, 1

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