MINONK – A flag with Fieldcrest’s colors appeared at Veteran’s Park shortly after the conclusion of the Aug. 24 opener on the gridiron. Rather than an “F” for Fieldcrest, the letter “V” appeared, which stood for victory.
The host Knights shook off four turnovers in a 34-20 decision over Braidwood Reed-Custer.
Holding a 26-20 lead, Fieldcrest enjoyed a little more breathing room when first-year quarterback Tyler McKay hooked up with Derek May on a touchdown pass of 17 yards on a 4-and-16 with eight minutes and 54 seconds left.
“We wasted a lot of opportunities in the red zone,” pointed out Fieldcrest coach Derek Schneeman. “I thought that might be another, but we capitalized. Derek’s been making plays like that for four years. When it doubt, you might as well throw it to him and see what happens. He’s probably going to make a play.”
In his first-ever prep start, McKay completed 14 of 20 passes for 210 yards and three TDs, but he threw two interceptions and fumbled twice.
McKay is more adept throwing on the move than being in a standstill position.
“He’s been our rugby style punter the last two years. We noticed that he likes to roll to the right,” Schneeman said. “He’s better throwing on the move than sitting in the pocket.
“He was going to have some butterflies. He settled down and did a great job of running the offense in the second half.”
On the first drive of the third quarter, McKay found Michael Morse for a 65-yard score. Morse had four catches for 86 yards.
The Comets took a 13-12 lead in the second period on a seven-yard TD run from quarterback Josh Loomis (20 rushes, 73 yards).
“To be honest, what they did, we kind of expected,” said Schneeman of BR-C. “They did a good job of spreading us out. Their offensive coordinator (Nick Klein) came over from Herscher. They used a lot of motion. They executed well.”
Keegan Robbins enjoyed a profitable opening game. On the second play from scrimmage, he gobbled up a loose ball on a lateral and raced 19 yards for the game’s first TD. He also intercepted a pass near the goal line with just over three minutes remaining. Robbins finished with seven tackles, while the leader was Teo Zamora with 10. He also picked off a Loomis pass.
Like Fieldcrest, the Comets were guilty of four turnovers.
According to Schneeman, the hosts must cut down on mistakes.
“It’s careless turnovers,” he said. “We have to take care of the ball. We stress that a lot. We preach ball security. Those mistakes we have to clean up.
Fieldcrest totaled 300 yards total offense to 278 for the Comets.
Notes: The Knights scored 18 points off turnovers, four more than BR-C. Fieldcrest puts points on the board on three of six occasions in the red zone. They came up empty twice via turnover on downs, while McKay tossed an interception at the R-C 1.