Knights Rout Lions in Season Opener

After a 1st quarter dominated by defense, a 33-yard touchdown pass from Prospect's Junior Gary Moeller to Senior Matt Meyer opened up the scoring for the night with just over a minute left in the first quarter. Moeller finished the night 14 for 26 with four passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and a total of 218 yards in the air. Moeller credits his offensive line for much of his success saying "they're really freakin' big." Moeller was rarely under pressure in the pocket and was only sacked once.

Not to be outdone, St. Viator quarterback Senior Jack Mahoney connected with his favorite wide reciever of the night Senior Owen Hickey for two touchdowns in the second quarter to give the Lions a 13-8 lead going into halftime. Mahoney finished 9 of 25, good for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns.

"Our guys have done a great job believing and at halftime it wasn’t like ‘oh no we’re in a terrible spot’. We knew that they were going to get tired and they did," Head Coach Dan Deboeuf said.
"We knew with our fast tempo we would wear them down," Moeller said.

Wear them down they did. The Knights set the tone for the second half early when Moeller kept the ball on a read option and ran it 13 yards for the touchdown. The Knights led 16-13 after the 2-point conversion.

Seniors Adam Mekky (right) and Adam Ryerson (left) come off the field after one of the many three and outs the Prospect defense forced on the night.

Deboeuf and Meyer celebrate after Meyer caught a wide-reciever screen and streaked 49 yards down the St. Viator sideline for a touchdown. This was the third straight possession the Knights scored a touchdown after Noah Marx caught a 27-yard touchdown pass on the previous possession. Prospect led 29-13 after the touchdown reception. Meyer caught three passes for a total of 98 yards.

Just when Prospect appeared ready to blow the game open, St. Viator responded with a drive of their own to bring the game within a possession at 29-21. After Prospect's offense stalled on the subsequent drive, a Mekky punt pinned the Lions inside their own 10-yard line. On first down, a blizting Mekky forced an errant throw from Mahoney, which was picked off by Senior Gage Beyer and set Prospect up at the Lions 20-yard line. "Any time they got any momentum our defense came up big for us," Deboeuf said. Junior Luke Zardzin capped off the possession after the interception with a 1-yard touchdown rush to put the Knights up 36-21. Zardzin carried the ball 28 times for 166 yards.

An interception by Senior Ryan Travilioia followed by a 32 yard rush by Junior Luke Zardzin (24 in white) set up Prospect's final score of the night, a 39-yard field goal by Sophomore Matt Brzys.

Junior Jake Winski (left) and Senior John Pancini (right) celebrate the 46-28 win. Prospect plays Hoffman Estates next week at home.

Created by Rick Lytle. Photos by Mara Nicolaie, Grace Baldino, Abby McKenna, Alexis Esparza-Peters, and Georgia Smith.

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