MINONK – While Fieldcrest’s string of blanking Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland/Roanoke-Benson ended at 23 quarters on Friday, the Knights (3-3) more than made up for it with their largest point total in two seasons.
The hosts came on top 61-8 on homecoming at Veteran’s Park in the Heart of Illinois Conference crossover.
“It’s huge,” said Fieldcrest coach Derek Schneeman of getting out of a steep valley. “It’s been a rough three weeks. Going into the season, nobody expected it. It’s not what was drawn up. It is what it is. We’ve just hit the reset button.”
Four of Tyler McKay’s five completions resulted in touchdowns to Derek May (23 yards), Keegan Robbins (14), Kenton Castrejon (13) and Jaxon Cusac-McKay (five).
The Knights’ offensive line gave T. McKay ample time to find a receiver.
“We did a very good job upfront,” Schneeman said. “They’ve done a good job all year. They take pride in keeping the quarterback clean.”
T. McKay tacked on an 18-yard run to paydirt on a third-and-10 to up the hosts’ lead to 42-0.
FCW/R-B (0-6), who had yet to reach the end zone, had a memorable highlight backed up near their end zone. On a fourth-and-16 at the two, Clayton Sibert lofted one in the air that Christian Harms caught and ran into from 98 yards out.
“Obviously, you always like to have a shutout,” pointed out Schneeman. “You have to tip your hat to that kid (Sibert), a 98-yard TD pass. We misplayed it and they made a good play.”
Castrejon, who rushed for a 70-yard TD on the game’s second play from scrimmage, reached the end zone from 11 yards out, just a minute and 24 seconds into the second half. That boosted the lead to 48-8 and triggered a running clock.
The Knights amassed 287 yards, 220 of which came on the ground.
A stat that made Schneeman happy was the hosts did not commit a turnover for the first time in the eight games, dating back to 2017.
“That was one of our keys, not turning the ball over,” he said. “We have to keep that up for the rest of the year.”
Ninety-eight of Sibert’s 139 yards came on the bomb to Harms. Most of the night he was scrambling or on the ground. Fieldcrest registered nine quarterback sacks, as seven individuals had at least one. Blake Bratt and Teo Zamora each had a pair.
“He has a pretty good arm,” said Schneeman of Sibert. “It seemed like every time we got pressure on him, we ran out of the pocket. We did not allow him to get comfortable.”
On the game, the Falcons finished at minus 47 yards rushing.
Notes: Micah Hurd (head) did not play in the first half, but came on in the second. He rushed six times for 29 yards and a TD. Fieldcrest has found themselves a placekicker in sophomore Jacob Joyal, who went seven of eight on point afters (PATs).