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.