Sept. 18, 2013 — The Kentucky Christian Football Knights hosted Reinhardt University of Waleska, Ga, on Saturday, a first-year varsity football team that is off to a very strong start.
Reinhardt entered the game with an 0-2 record, but having lost both games by a total of eight points.
With KCU having several key personnel out with injuries, including quarterback Graham Johnson, out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his foot last week. The Knights also were still missing Jabriel Siler, senior defensive back, out for the last couple of weeks with a wrist injury.
After the opening kick-off, the teams traded opening drives that didn't go very far, but then Reinhardt began moving the ball a little.
They scored first on a 79-yard running gain with 8:34 to go in the first quarter. KCU tied it up at 7-7 when Jamuel Jones carried it in from eight yards out with just less than seven minutes remaining in the half. The next score in the game came in the fourth quarter, on a short run by Reinhardt's Deonte Dennis, but RU missed the point after.
Less than four minutes later, Shaun Jones connected with Lane Knost on a 14-yard touchdown pass. When Drew Slikker converted the PAT, KCU found themselves up 14-13, with just under two minutes to play. But a poorly-struck kick, and an aggressive run by the Reinhardt kick return crew, gave the Eagles the ball on their own 47-yard line.
After seven plays, two of which included major penalties, Reinhardt had the ball on the KCU 1-yard line. Twice the Knights turned away the Eagles, and with 22 seconds on the clock, RU called time-out and considered their options. They elected to sweep the right end, and LJ Stegall was just able to get the ball over the goal line before being run out of bounds by the KCU defensive pursuit.
Again KCU held the PAT, and got the ball after the kick-off with 15 seconds and more than 50 yards to go. After two plays, the horn sounded and KCU was handed another defeat.
KCU's Jamuel Jones had 72 yards on 22 carries, while freshman Jakarious Crittenden added 45 yards on five carries. Shaun Jones was 13-of-26 throws for 82 yards, and was intercepted once. Marcus Hicks pulled down six catches for 29 yards, while Lane Knost had three catches worth 27 yards, including the touchdown. Senior defensive back Jemichael Williams led the KCU defensive with nine solo and five assisted tackles. Andrew Stewart had six and five, respectively.
The Knights had 18 first downs, in comparison to Reinhardt's 16, but lost the yardage tally with 262 total yards compared to Reinhardt's 333. Both teams were penalized 11 times, with Reinhardt losing more ground, while KCU possessed the ball for 35:26, while RU had it only 24:30.
Next week, the Knights travel to Bluefield, Va. to take on the Rams of Bluefield College.