Lourdes out yarded and seemed to out-play Guardian Angels Central Catholic on the road on Friday, but the Knights ended up on the wrong end of the score with the host winning 22-16.
After enduring a two-hour long bus ride, the Knight defense showed no sign of travel fatigue in forcing a fumble on the opening possession for Guardian Angels. That turnover set up a touchdown drive for Lourdes.
The Knights had two scoring drives in the first half. Hayden Miller had a 5-yard run and Thomas Ragland added the point after run. Ragland caught a short scoring pass from Miller, who ran in the second point after.
Guardian Angels scored on a pair of long passes and had one 10-yard touchdown run. On its three two-point plays, the host team was held to just one conversion.
At the break, the Knights trailed 20-16.
The only scoring of the second half came after a great play by the Knight defense as Lourdes stopped a drive with an interception at its own 1-yard line. A bad snap on offense resulted in two points for Guardian Angels.
Looking at the stats of the game, Lourdes had 269 rush yards compared to 139 for Guardian Angels. Miller had 26 carries and 236 yards. He added seven pass completions and 65 yards.
Defensively, Miller had five solo stops and six assists. Colton Davis had four solos and seven assists. Other tackle leaders were James Mason, Ivan Valdovino, Jack Funke and Ragland. Mason and Ragland both had interceptions.
After the set back, Lourdes spent the bus ride home thinking about what could have been. Knight Coach Clay Carlton said the Knights had the ball inside the 10-yard line five or six times, but ended up turning it over on downs or due to a fumble or interception.
The red zone misfortune was hard to take, but the Knight effort was still hard to ignore.
"We kind of dominated, really," said Coach Carlton. "I thought we out played them. The boys played really well."
The coach said Lourdes was its own worst enemy in the loss. Going by the effort and skill displayed, however, one can only presume that the Knights will be in position to do well later this fall.
"I think we are going to be a team that can go pretty far in the playoffs," said Carlton. "The only team that can stop us, is us."