Colonial League Match-Up of the Week
The Green Knights took the field against the Southern Lehigh Spartans in Pen Argyl on October 12. The Knights looked to stun the league and take a win at home against one of the toughest teams within the Colonial League. Currently, the Green Knights stand at 2-5 while the Spartans are sitting high at 6-1. With the end of the season approaching quickly, each win and loss has a large impact. Pen Argyl aspires to win out their season, especially their 100th matchup against their longtime rivals, the Bangor Slaters.
Early on, the Knights stunned Southern Lehigh with Collin McKeague heating up, catching two long passes. One of them put the Knights in scoring position, while the other was an amazing touchdown grab over a defender. However, Southern Lehigh responded by scoring numerous touchdowns going into the second half. Pen Argyl stood tall in consecutive drives on defense, but the Southern Lehigh offense kept moving and kept scoring. Pen Argyl’s textbook opening drive was not enough to keep the offense moving later on, with Southern Lehigh winning 46-6.
Senior quarterback, Conor Fehr, said, “I felt confident in our team. I knew we were going to play hard like we always do. I did not like the outcome, but they were a physical team and we knew what we were getting into.”
With Palisades and Bangor remaining on the Green Knight’s schedule, Fehr made it known about their anticipations, “We had to prepare all week for Southern Lehigh, so we are ready to polish off our game plan for Palisades and Bangor coming up.” Fehr saw fight in his team this Saturday, saying, “It was a tough matchup, but I was happy how we all fought and never gave up. We came out aggressive, but they got the best of us.”
Senior running back, Antonio Reto, said, “I felt like it was going to be a rough game, and it was.” They all knew how tough of a game it would be, since Southern Lehigh is the best team in the league. “Yeah pretty much, but after i got out their on the field, they didn’t seem all that good.” After the strong start to the game, scoring first and being down by one after the first quarter, made this loss feel a little worse for the team.
Junior wide receiver, Collin McKeague, coming off a dominant performance said, “We came out firing, had a great first drive, seemed like we were ready to play.”
With Bangor on the horizon, the Green Knights look to practice hard and handle Palisades this Saturday, 10/19, at home. A win this weekend would be a great morale boost heading into Pen Argyl and Bangor’s 100th game in the classic Slate Belt rivalry. Many of the players, as well as the students, in the Slate Belt are extremely excited for the matchup.
Pen Argyl head coach, John Smith, looks to keep the players focused before heading into Saturday. He is encouraging them to focus on each practice and game as they come. He made it known that injuries have plagued the Green Knights, but they have no choice but to move forward and keep fighting on their way to the 100th game.
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