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PREP PIGSKIN

GIVING CHASE - Parker Ruestman of Fieldcrest pressures Tremont quarterback Nathan Hately on Sept. 13. The Knights downed the Turks 42-7 (For the Journal/TNT Photo).

MINONK – Just three games into the football season and Fieldcrest has already amassed 114 points and nearly 1,100 yards of total offense.

The Knights (3-0) broke free after the first period on Sept. 13 a 42-7 win over Tremont in a crossover Heart of Illinois Conference game at Veteran’s Park. A 10-yard touchdown run by Kenton Castrejon and Jacob Joyal’s point after put Fieldcrest on top to stay at 14-7 just over two minutes into the second quarter.

According to Knights’ coach Derek Schneeman, getting Castrejon (24 carries, 157 yards) established is vital.

“We’re at our best when we run the ball,” he stated. “That opens up the short passing game. If we can get the run game going early, that’s when our offense is at its best,”

Fieldcrest’s passing game got cranking, as Matt Lorton completed 12 of 16 passes for 133 yards, while Cory Land was four of five for 97 yards. Each quarterback threw a touchdown.

The hosts’ receivers were able to churn up loads of yards after catch.

“They’re pretty effective,” commented Schneeman. “They’re really good route runners. They do not need much space to get out to the outside,”

The lone Tremont (2-1) score was a six-yard TD by Tyler Antwerp and Landon Pflederer’s kick. Two plays earlier, Antwerp broke the Turks’ longest run from scrimmage, a 26-yarder.

“It was just a missed assignment,” pointed out Schneeman. “We had a breakdown. The next two times they did that toss play, we were right there.”

Fieldcrest pushed the margin to 21-7 right before halftime on a Keegan Robbins’ five-yard TD scamper and Joyal kick with 22.3 seconds left.

“With them being run heavy, a couple touchdown lead, we felt that if we could get up on them early that it’d be tough for them to get back in the game,” Schneeman said.

Nate Nguyen had 48 yards rushing on eight attempts for the Turks.

Tisen Covington finished with eight catches for 100 yards for Fieldcrest, while Jaxon Cusac-McKay and Henry Lorton added four receptions each. The Knights finished with 408 yards of total offense.

Fieldcrest stretched the lead to 28-7 less than two minutes into the third quarter. Isaac Morse recovered a botch onside kick, which they turned into points as M. Lorton hooked up with Cusac-McKay on a 49-yard TD pass on a fourth-and-12.

“It was supposed to be a sky kick to the right,” explained Schneeman. “Jacob missed it and we took advantage. We went down and scored. That kind of took the wind out of their (Tremont) sails.”

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