Turnovers hurt Knights in season football opener
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 5:07 AM
Even on paper, it looked like a 27-14 game! Statistically the Knights won a couple of categories, but the bottom line turned out to be too many turnovers.
Kingsland gave up the ball seven times, three fumbles and four interceptions, giving Sleepy Eye good field position and some easy opportunities for scores.
"Our youth really showed Friday night," said head coach John Fenske. "But, we had a lot of positives and improved as the game went on. Turnovers hurt and gave Sleepy Eye easy scoring opportunities."
The Indians scored first on a long touchdown pass, but the undaunted Knights came right back with a score of their own to tie the score at 6-6. Senior fullback Marshall Oeltjen scored from six yards out. The extra-point conversion was no good. Sleepy Eye then went on a 21-point scoring spree over the next three quarter before Kingsland could put up another six towards the end of the fourth quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Jacob Rindels gave the Knights their second score on a four yard run with 3:29 left in the game. A two-point pass from Rindels to junior Jordan Meskill topped off the Kingsland scoring.
Oeltjen led the offensive stats for Kingsland. He carried the ball 16 times for a total of 83 yards and one touchdown. His longest being an 18-yarder, he averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Junior Lenny Moore also had a good game, picking up 40 yards on nine carries, 4.4/carry. Moore's longest carry was for 16 yards. Rindels had a net 11 yards on seven carries, and one score. Getting one carry each were Meskill (5 yds), senior Jordan Kohn (-2 yds) and sophomore Chase Ganser (2 yds).
In the passing department, Rindels was 11/27 for 92 yards. He had no touchdowns and threw four interceptions.
Receiving the 11 completions were freshman Quinn Larson (4/41), two each for Moore (27 yds), Meskill (7 yds), and Kohn (10 yds), and one catch for freshman JJ Fenske (7 yds).
Defensively, the Knights were led by Oeltjen and Meskill, with nine tackles each. Also involved in the tackles were Rindels (3), Larson (2), Moore (2), Kohn (5), Ganser (2), sophomore Marcus Plaehn (3), junior Ethan Cronk (1), sophomore Julius Wolf (4), senior Justin Kraling (2), senior Tyler Messner (3) and junior Broc Fiegel (1).
Involved with the special teams were Larson (field goal attempt), Moore (kickoff returns, punt returns), Meskill (kickoff returns, kickoffs) and senior DJ Smith (punting).
Scoring by quarters...
Kingsland 6-0-0-8 = 14
Sleepy Eye 6-8-7-6 = 27
Next week the Knights will host Wabasha-Kellogg in another non-conference game.