Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

KNOCH 19, GREENSBURG SALEM 14 THEIR GRIP Knights Surrender Most of Early, 19-0 Lead, Barely Hang on to Beat Golden Lions

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

KNOCH 19, GREENSBURG SALEM 14 THEIR GRIP Knights Surrender Most of Early, 19-0 Lead, Barely Hang on to Beat Golden Lions

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If Knoch thought the hour-plus ride from Butler County to Westmoreland County was long, the second half of the Knights' Friday night game at Greensburg Salem probably felt like eternity.

After dominating play and leading by three touchdowns early in the third quarter, Knoch overcame some critical miscues and withstood a furious rally to defeat Greensburg Salem, 19-14, in the Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference.

A week after earning an impressive, season-opening win against Franklin Regional, Knoch (2-0, 2-0) appeared to be rolling to another. The Knights took a 19-0 lead on Cody Milsom's second touchdown of the game -- a 9-yard run -- with 9:25 left in the third quarter. At that point, Knoch held a 233-49 edge in total yards.

Greensburg Salem (1-1, 1-1), which had stunned Gateway a week earlier, then decided to make a game of it.

"Like I told [the players] after the game, that's the lesson you have to learn when you're playing a good football team," Knoch coach Mike King said. "They're not going to fold after [falling behind], 19-0."

On Greensburg's Salem next possession, the Golden Lions went on a 12-play, 61-yard drive that lasted nearly seven minutes. On fourth- and-goal from the 1, Connor Forkey scored to make it 19-6.

Knoch was forced to punt on its next drive, but the snap went over the head of punter Mac Christy, who fell on the ball at the Knights 25. After a yard loss, Brady Mason threw a pass to the left side of the end that was hauled in by Tyler Mathias, who made a fine catch between two defenders to make it 19-14.

"I think in the second half, we challenged them. I'm real proud of them," Greensburg Salem coach Dave Keefer said. "Our kids kind of locked arms and came out in the second half. They knew what they needed to do and they did a great job."

Greensburg Salem next forced Knoch into a three-and-out. …

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