In the game of football, sometimes the difference between victory and defeat can be determined by the outcome of just a handful of plays. On Friday night in Center Point, the Union Knights got a taste of how painful such an experience can be, as big plays and untimely penalties sent the team home still seeking their first win of the season.
Four plays. Four big plays accounted for the 27 points the CP-U offense put on the scoreboard, which were enough to outlast a determined fourth quarter Union rally. Scoring plays covering 62, 22, 56 and 48 yards generated more than half of the Stormin’ Pointers total offense. Each time the Knights scored to make it a one possession game, CP-U countered with a strong and swift response to extend their lead.
The Stormin’ Pointers unleashed Big Play #1 on their first offensive play of the game. Speedster JoJo Frost got behind the Union secondary and hauled in the long pass thrown on a fake reverse play. Minutes later, the Knights tied the game when Isaiah Vaughan, who rushed for a whopping 263 yards on 36 carries, vaulted head first over a CP-U defender into the end zone for a touchdown.
With just over a minute remaining in the first quarter, the Stormin’ Pointers regained the lead with Big Play #2, a 22 yard touchdown pass. By halftime, the Knights trimmed the lead to four on a 31 yard field goal by Dakota Hora. After a scoreless third period, a CP-U 56 yard touchdown pass put the Knights in a 21-10 deficit.
The Knights refused to quit, putting together a 72 yard touchdown drive that was highlighted by an acrobatic catch Ryan Miller turned into a 59 yards gain. The two point conversion left Union needing just a field goal to tie the game, 21-18.
With less than five minutes left in the game, it appeared Union would get the ball back after stopping the CP-U offense on a third down pass play. A critical penalty against the Knights for roughing the passer proved costly, however. Given a fresh set of downs, the CP-U offense made the Knights pay when Trevor Franzenberg broke through the Union line and rumbled into the end zone 48 yards later.
The Knights continued to battle back, using a mere 26 seconds of the game clock on a 54 yard touchdown drive. Another two point conversion made the score 27-25 with 2:01 left in the game. That would be as close as the Knights would get, though, as CP-U was able to run out the clock to secure the win.