Knightdale shook off a sluggish start on Friday night, getting long touchdown runs in the second half from Tauraz Williams and Malik Branch to pull away for a 26-0 victory at Enloe in a nonconference football game.
Williams scored on a 67-yard TD run on the last play of the third quarter and Branch followed with a 71-yard run for a TD midway through the fourth quarter to put the Knights (3-1) up 19-0.
In the first quarter, Andre Willis threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Drew Tuazama with 4:51 remaining to give Knightdale a 7-0 lead. The Knights, however, couldn’t shake Enloe (0-3) until late, due in large part to 11 first-half penalties and three turnovers.
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Trailing 7-0, Enloe reached the Knightdale 15-yard line late in the third quarter via a 14-yard run by quarterback Keyshawn Adams. The Eagles, though, were whistled for back-to-back penalties before they ran another play, the drive stalling at the Knightdale 26. Three plays later, Williams ripped off his long TD run to put Knightdale ahead 13-0.
They said it
“We cut down on the penalties, and we stopped shooting ourselves in the foot,” Knightdale coach Cedric Dargan said of his team’s play in the second half. “You can’t win games making mistakes like that.”
Three who mattered
Tauraz Williams, Knightdale: His long touchdown run gave the Knights some breathing room. Williams finished with 85 yards rushing.
Joshua Schenck, Knightdale: The senior linebacker had two sacks and several other tackles for losses to lead a fine defensive effort for Knightdale.
Ja’Shon Estes, Enloe: The senior rushed for 69 hard-earned yards on 27 carries, providing the only semblance of offense for the Eagles.
By the numbers
0: Points allowed by Knightdale after the Knights had given up an average of 34.7 points in their previous three games. “Our defense really stepped it up, I’m proud of them,” Dargan said. “They got us out of a lot of bad spots (Friday), we gave them the ball in our end a few times and we were able to stop them.”
4: The number of times Enloe had possession in Knightdale territory. Three of those possessions ended with a punt and the other on downs.
11: First-half penalties committed by Knightdale, including five in a span of two minutes early in the second quarter. The Knights committed only two penalties in the second half.
104: Total yards tallied by Enloe’s offense. The Eagles had 12 plays go for a loss.