By WILL CLARK
FLOYDS KNOBS —
A blowout win can make for a fun night. A blowout loss is agonizing.
For the Floyd Central Highlanders, Friday night was beyond agonizing as the Castle Knights ended their season in the opening game of sectional play, 56-12.
“We didn’t get off to a very good start,” Floyd Central head coach Brian Glesing surmised. “You just can’t give them short field position, but we didn’t stop them either.”
The Knights (10-0) wasted no time getting on the board. Using just 45 seconds, the Knights covered 53 yards with with the drive ending on a 16-yard connection from Mitch Gilles to Joe Redburn that gave Castle a 7-0 lead with 11:08 left in the opening frame.
The Highlanders (2-8) opening drive stalled on the Castle 49, leaving the high-speed Knight offense in easy striking range. It was under a minute later that the Castle lead widened on a five yard toss from Gilles to Jon-Marc Anderson with a good PAT boot from Redburn, setting the score at 14-0 with 7:21 left in the first quarter.
A stalled Floyd Central drive forced a punt, placing the Knights at their own 29. The Knights briefly returned the ball to the Highlanders on an interception by Logan Vaughn. The Floyd Central offense was on the field for 30 seconds before Colton Kimm was intercepted by the Knights’ Cameron Goebel, leaving the Knights with the ball on their own 29.
It was just 58 seconds later the Knights found the end zone again, this time on a 4-yard pass from Gilles to Cameron Parus, giving the Knights 21-0 lead with 4:21 left in the first quarter.
Castle found the ball back in their possession when the Highlanders fumbled the ensuing kick, leaving the potent Castle offense on the Floyd Central 24. Continuing the theme of quick scores, the Knights punched it into the end zone 13 seconds later on an 18 yard connection from Gilles to Anderson with a PAT kick from Redburn, widening the Highlander deficit to 28-0 with 4:03 left in the first frame.
The Highlanders managed to take possession and put a promising drive together until a fumble deep in Castle territory brought the defense onto the field. Castle needed only 25 seconds to make the Highlanders pay for the mistake. The short drive, covering 92 yards, was capped by 20-yard connection from Gilles to Anderson. The Castle lead grew even larger at 35-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started with the Highlanders in possession of the football ... briefly. Just one minute after starting the drive, the Highlanders’ Kimm connected was picked up by the Knights’ Clay Seitz, who took it 30 yards for a toucdown and it was 42-0 lead with 10:55 left in the second quarter.
A time consuming drive by the Highlanders moved the ball into Knight territory before stalling out, giving Castle the ball on their own 29. This started seventh successful scoring drive of the night for Castle, ending with a 28-yard pass from Gilles to Anderson and a good PAT kick from Caballero to give Castle a dominating 49-0 lead with 3:43 left in the first half.
An eighth Castle score widened the Highlander deficit to 56-0 in the third frame before the Highlanders managed to get on the board in the fourth quarter. Floyd’s 78-yard scoring drive was capped by a 48-yard run from Austin Carl.
With just second left in the game, Garry Posey tacked on another 6 with a 4-yard run. The Highlanders two-point conversion attempt fell short, making the final score 56-12 and ending the careers of 11 Highlander seniors.
“They won a lot of games in their careers,” Glesing said. “They will be missed.”
CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 8
CASTLE 56, FLOYD CENTRAL 12
Castle 35 14 7 0—56
Floyd Central 0 0 0 12—12
C — Joe Redburn 16 pass from Mitch Gilles (Redburn kick)
C — Jon-Marc Anderson 5 pass from Gilles (Redburn kick)
C — Cameron Parus 4 pass from Gilles (Redburn kick)
C — Anderson 18 pass from Gilles (Redburn kick)
C — Anderson 20 pass from Gilles (Redburn kick)
C — Clay Seitz 30 interception runback (Carlos Caballero kick)
C — Anderson 28 pass from Gilles (Caballero kick)
C — Parus 18 pass from Gilles (Caballero kick)
FC — Austin Carl 48 run (kick failed)
FC — Garry Posey 4 run (conversion failed)