By: Brad Cole
Tensions were high for North Henderson’s season opener against T.C. Roberson on Friday night as Friday’s game marked the first time former North head coach Jason Dinwiddie came back to the campus since he left for a head coaching job with the Rams earlier this year.
With emotions aside, the teams got to work with new coahes and produced a thrilling 19-15 game that favored the Rams of T.C.
Numerous amounts of rain threatened the game, but as the old cliché goes: the show must go on, and so it did.
The Knights’ offense got off to a sluggish start and traded possessions with the Rams throughout the first quarter. Both teams were at a 0-0 stand still coming out of the first quarter. However, the 2nd quarter was a different story. Wide receiver Darren Lammons scored North’s first touchdown of the season eleven yards from the end zone and then capitalized on that with a two-point conversion by tricking the Rams into thinking the Knights were going to go for a traditional extra point, and the rest of the crowd for that matter.
T.C. found the end zone just a few minutes later, but missed out on their two-point conversion play for a close 8-6 score going into halftime.
The 2nd half saw back and fourth defensive stands. The defense, along with other things, made North head coach Justin Clark very happy. “They played balls to the wall. They played physical.” North’s Austin Vanhoy proved Clark right when he fell on the ball to create a T.C. Roberson turnover, but North couldn’t find the end zone the next drive. The Rams scored for the second time when T.C.’s Ty Gosset threw a somewhat lucky touchdown pass to Seth Hutzler to make it 12-8 after Roberson failed their two-point conversion play for a second time.
North would strike back shortly after, though.The Knights scored off a Mikey Smithers 35 yard fumble recovery early in the 4th quarter to make it a slim 15-12 game. After that, things got interesting as T.C. scored a 82-yard touchdown to eventually slide past the Knights, 19-15. North’s last-minute effort to score in the final seconds wasn’t enough.
Overall, the young team showed signs of toughness, talent and that they have a lot to look forward to. “We will think about what happened and get ready for Polk,” Clark mentioned.
The Knights will be back in action this Friday at Polk with a start time of 7:30 p.m.
Note: A gallery of Friday’s game will be posted shortly.