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On the final week of the regular season, Friday night Nov. 1st, the West Holmes Knights weren’t cruising into the playoffs like last season. Instead the Knights were trying to stop the attack of the Clear Fork Colts who were able to run and throw against the Knights defense in a 42-13 win.
Clear Fork senior Hunter Evans literally kicked things off for the Colts when he took the opening onside kick attempt from Knights kicker Logan Gallion and ran it back for a 48-yard touchdown to open the game. Evans would go on to add a 15-yard touchdown run in the game as well as got the final score for the Colts on a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kadin Chrastina.
Chrastina was pretty effective against the Knights completing five of his eight passing attempts for 198 yards and two touchdowns. The other throwing TD was a 82-yard heave that gave Clear Fork a 21-7 lead at halftime. The long bomb seemed like an absolute back-breaker for the West Holmes team that was trying to hang in only down seven heading into the half. Now the Knights had two touchdowns to make up.
The Knights got their lone first half touchdown on their first drive of the game that tied the game at 7-7 for a brief time. That was a 5-play West Holmes drive that ended with a Luke Ogi 2-yard touchdown run. Ogi had just four carries for six yards before leaving the game for the second straight week with an injury.
On the first drive for the Knights in the second half they were marching down the field quickly with a Layne Perone 20-yard run, but the drive was cut short by a interception that Clear Fork used to lengthen their lead.
The Colt who picked off the pass, Chrastina, also was the QB going in for the 1-yard sneak that gave his team a 28-7 lead just minutes into the third quarter.
West Holmes would respond though on their next drive going six plays to the end zone. The big play on the drive was a 39-yard pass play to Brady Arnold that set up a 16-yard TD strike from Brody Miller to Arnold. The extra point was no good and the Knights trailed 28-13.
The Knights wouldn’t find the end zone the rest of the game, turning the ball over on downs twice and punting twice.
Clear Fork added two more touchdowns, the bomb to Evans and who else, Chrastina, getting a 4-yard touchdown run.
Ending the year, the Knights have a final record of 6-4 and finish 3-4 in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.
Miller, the Knights QB, led West Holmes on the ground with 102 yards on eight carries. Perone ripped up the turf for 72 yards on 22 carries and Arnold had 5 carries for 28 yards.
Arnold also had four catches for 75 yards and the receiving touchdown.
The Perone and Arnold era comes to an end at West Holmes and it’s been a pleasure watching them on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.