Penalties, Special Teams Blunders Cool Off Hot Start By Trojans

By Aiden Mihill

WOODSTOCK – Lassiter kicked off their football season Friday in a 35-16 loss to River Ridge. The defense showed a lot of promise, especially in the first half, while holding the Knights to just seven points. Evan Scherer showed off in the season opener, recovering a fumble and breaking up four passes. The only scores of the first half were on long runs, a sixty-seven yard touchdown scamper for Ahmere Morrison just three plays into the game to give the Knights an early lead and a twenty-five yard run by Jaheem Murray to equalize late in the first.

After a punt-heavy second quarter, the Trojans took a 10-7 lead off a Drew Campbell field goal from forty-one yards out early in the third. The defense forced a long field goal from Santiago Luzardo, which was missed, but a roughing penalty followed by a conduct call brought the Knights within striking distance of the endzone, which they pushed in on a six yard pass by QB Carson Lathem. It was all Knights from there, as they scored three more touchdowns, two from blocked punts, and pulled away for the win.

The major focus point of the win for River Ridge was a dominating performance on special teams. The Knights blocked two punts by Luke O’Malley that resulted in 14 points, and forced a missed fifty yard attempt by Drew Campbell. Lassiter’s head coach Sean Thom had this to say about the poor special teams performance: “It’s gotta get better. You know, we preach, special teams, we lost that special teams battle.” Lassiter hopes to move back to .500 on the year when they play Lambert in the Frank this Friday.