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Knights overcome penalties to win fifth in a row

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KNIGHTDALE — Knightdale trailed for the first time this season, but overcame that early deficit and a flurry of penalty flags to take control and roll to their fifth win of the year, 41-17 over Enloe on the road last Friday. The Knights are 5-0 for the first time in school history.

Trevion Cooley once again led the offensive attack. The Knightdale junior running back rushed for 214 yards and three scores.

Quarterback Dax Hardy made several key first downs including one with a nice toss to tight end Kameron Johnson that set up a score. He also had two rushing touchdowns, plus 137 yards rushing.

The Knights unleashed a new weapon in freshman Micah Sumpter, a 6-3, 210-pound pound freshman quarterback, who scored a touchdown running the “wildcat.”

The defense gave up some yards, but allowed only 10 points and picked off slippery Enloe quarterback Jaeden Wortham three times.

The Eagles struck quickly to take the early lead. Senior Daekwon Rogers took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. The Knights responded quickly, driving downfield behind tough running from Cooley and the other backs.

Cooley got his first touchdown by barreling through several defenders to tie the score at 7-7. The Knights went right back to work after a defensive stop. This time Cooley scored on a 3-yard plunge.

Following an interception by Ishawn Shoulars, Sumpter led the short march and notched his first touchdown of the season to make the score 20-7.

Both teams were slowed for much of the second quarter by a string of penalties, especially holding. Just before halftime, Enloe mounted their best drive of the night. Wortham led the Eagles, scrambling several times when the pass protection broke down. He scored on a 10-yard run right before halftime to make it 20-14 at the break.

Cooley went back to work right after halftime, breaking loose for a 35-yard touchdown run. Brett Poirier’s extra point made it 27-14. Poirier then stopped a huge potential shift in momentum when he made a touchdown-saving tackle on the ensuing kickoff. The defense held, and the Knights marched down the field once again. Hardy scored by faking a handoff to Cooley, then cruising around the right end for the score. Laith Marjan kicked a 36-yard field goal for the Eagles and Hardy scored again in the fourth quarter for the final margin. The Eagles’ last gasp scoring attempt was foiled by senior linebacker Jimmy Mullen’s interception.

Knightdale will play undefeated Grimsley High School from Greensboro at home tonight at 7 p.m. before starting NAC 6 conference play.