Friday, March 07, 2014 10:33 AM
Published on: Thursday, September 19, 2013
By Jake Brodsky
FREDERICK - The Avalon Black Knights found their ground game for the first time this season Friday as they defeated the Maryland School for the Deaf Orioles 42-0 in a Capital Area Football Conference clash.
The Black Knights, who entered as the favorites despite sporting a winless (0-2) record and playing on the road, got off to a strong start against the (2-1) Orioles scoring on a touchdown run by senior Isaac Boyd to go up 6-0 four minutes into the first quarter. The Avalon defense then came up with a quick stop allowing them to execute a second consecutive scoring drive culminating in a 39-yard touchdown rush by junior Khamari Williams and a successful 2 point conversion by senior quarterback Wyatt Karem when he found tight end Mike Herbert in the end zone on a seam route pass which put the Knights up 14-0.
Just before the end of the first quarter the Black Knights forced and recovered a fumble on the Orioles’ 15-yard-line which led to yet another scoring drive for Avalon. The Knights offense stalled in the second quarter as it was hampered by penalties and the game would go to halftime with a score of Avalon 20 MSD 0.
Coming out of halftime Karem found his rhythm early and connected with Herbert for a 27-yard strike and then caught Boyd on a whip route as Avalon increased their lead to 34-0. Midway through the third quarter the Black Knights began subbing in younger players giving them valuable experience for later in the season. The Black Knights scored one final time on a run by Williams to push the final score to 42-0. Boyd and Williams carried the load offensively with 167 yards rushing with four touchdowns and 158 yards with two touchdowns respectively. Karem ended up with 57 yards passing and one TD pass.
While the offense looked shaky at times the defense was a constant factor in the win. “On defense we executed we made sure tackles and we made the plays we needed to make. We just came out to play,” Boyd said.
The win was the team's first, and Avalon's head coach said it should help give the Black Knights some confidence heading into next week. ”It’s nice to get a win but we have to improve because our schedule's only gonna get tougher,” head coach Tad Shields said.