The Knights scored quickly with one rushing and two passing touchdowns, making the score 26-0 with 1 minute left in the first half. Griffin, however, returned a kickoff for a touchdown with only 50 seconds left in the half, bringing the score to 26-6.
Crown went to the air for many of its touchdowns. Quarterback Hamilton Armour was
12-for-21 for 158 yards and four touchdowns.
“I was making the right reads and seeing the man in the end zone,” Armour said. “Daniel Madison also came in and finished out the game strong.”
The Knights made several key defensive plays, including an interception and recovered fumble. Overall, the Crown defense left Griffin unable to find a consistent way to score.
Simeon Buhler had two touchdown catches in his first varsity football game, scoring from 36 and 14 yards.
Still, he thought he could have played better.
“I feel like I could’ve done better,” Buhler said. “My blocking was rough, but, overall, I think my team did really well.”
Sam Buhler also scored, on a 20-yard pass play.
Joey Cellino led Crown with six carries for 37 yards, while Daniel Matteson made a 31-yard touchdown catch.
Defensively, the Knights were led by Nic Clark (seven tackles, one sack), Calvin Hoenstine (six tackles), and Brady Warren (six tackles).
The game marked Crown coach Chip Buhler’s first game, and he had high praise for his team’s hard work.
“We were a little sluggish at the beginning,” he said. “We are learning football. We have a lot of young players on this team, so we have great potential but not a lot of experience. (But) our defense, by the second quarter, started dominating. Now that we are getting the experience and picking up the intensity, the team is looking really good.”
Buhler appreciated his captains and seniors.
“I’m proud of the captains of our team,” he said. “As we started slow, they really picked up the intensity, and a number of our seniors and captains have played great football, and that motivates everyone else to play better.”
Knights player Grant Esasky felt good following the game.
“I made a couple mistakes, but we made up for it and just kept going hard,” he said. “I think our team is going to do very good. I see a lot of room for improvement, but we’re a great team, and I could not be more proud to be on it.”