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Third time not the charm for Knights

POSTED: August 16, 2014 10:00 a.m.
Adam Wynn/Barrow County News

Bethlehem players work on tackling during Friday practice following Wednesday night scrimmage.

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The Bethlehem Christian Knights lost a tough scrimmage Wednesday night against the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars out of Louisville by a score of 46-6. 

The Knights got into a hole early and were unable to dig themselves out for the rest of the contest against Thomas Jefferson’s potent attack.     Bethlehem’s no-huddle offense struggled to move the ball and failed to gain a first down in the entire first half. 

After an interception on their second play of offense, Bethlehem went three and out on their four remaining possessions in the half. The Knights’ sole first half highlight came when Matthew Vemm recovered a fumble on the Jaguars’ fourth offensive possession. 

Bethlehem tried to change its fortune on the ensuing offensive possession by trying a double pass. The play was well executed, but the pass fell incomplete.

Bethlehem had an equally rough time on the defensive side of the ball, giving up five touchdowns in the first half with the only stop coming on the fumble recovery. The Jaguars’ wing T, misdirection offense kept the Knights guessing where the ball was going the entire half. The real heartbreaker, though, came when Thomas Jefferson scored from 28 yards out on the final play of the first half making the score 40-0 heading into halftime. 

BCA’s troubles continued in the second half when they once again failed to gain a first down on the opening drive of the third quarter. 

Bethlehem tried to get the offense moving in the right direction with a few short throws, but a Jaguar defender was never far behind to make the quick tackle.  Neither running nor passing the ball could get the Knight offense anywhere. 

The defense was not really helping as they once again could not stop Thomas Jefferson from scoring on a 45 yard passing touchdown on their first drive of the second half. 

After another three and out on offense the Knight defense stepped up at the beginning of the fourth quarter by stopping the Jaguar offense on a fourth down and four. 

The momentum was finally going the Knights’ way as Dylan Cofer carried the ball on the next two plays and scored from 45 yards out on a run out of the shotgun making the score 46-6 with just over 5 minutes left in the final quarter. 

The Knights appear to have a lot of room for improvement with the season rapidly approaching and it appears they have not made the decision about who their starting quarterback will be. Time at quarterback during the scrimmage was split evenly between Dakota Parten and Ethan Torbett with each getting an even half of the snaps. 

The offense fared about the same with each on the field but was able to put points on the board with Torbett behind center. 

Wednesday's scrimmage was Bethlehem's third straight meeting with Thomas Jefferson Academy as the Knights closed their regular season in a 67-26 defeat before meeting the Jaguars once again in a practice game during the late spring days of May.

Bethlehem would lose that meeting, as well, in a 45-7 decision.

Considering both regular season and offseason meetings, Thomas Jefferson holds an 0-4 record over the Knights.

The scrimmage was a part of the Kickoff Classic held annually at John Hancock Academy before the regular season begins. The Kickoff Classic is used by teams as a tune-up and more of a real game experience compared to most scrimmages.  



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