Jacob Ammons and Justin Moss both laid on the ground, while coach Brian Osborn offered up words of encouragement after Calvary Christian suffered a heartbreaking 22-20 loss to New Creation on Friday.
Earlier in the week, the Knights had discovered that this game had a bigger meaning than they originally thought. The team found out they would be forced to forfeit their previous two wins.
After Friday night's loss, Calvary is 0-5 overall and 0-1 ICSGA South.
"Those games are in the past and do not affect our region standing," Calvary coach Brian Osborne said. "This game against New Creation does."
On the opening drive of the game, Calvary senior Duncan Newton took a handoff on a reverse and rushed down the Calvary sideline for a 70 yard touchdown.
On the first play of their next possession, quarterback Jacob Ammons play-actioned to his running back and threw a pass to Andrew Walsh for a 84-yard touchdown. Jeremy Walker hit the extra point to put the Knights up 14-0 just four minutes into the game.
The Crusaders responded on their next possession. New Creation ran the ball six times on the way to the end zone but would miss the point after.
On their first possession of the second quarter, the Crusaders ran six minutes off the clock on a 10-play drive spanning 72 yards and ending with quarterback Spencer Rush diving into the end zone on a 6-yard run. New Creation would then get the 2 point conversion to tie it at 14.
In the second half, the Knights used the big play again to score from 40 yards out on a pass from Ammons to Newton, but they missed the point after.
New Creation would then get the ball to end the third and start their march to the end zone for the game-tying score and then Rush would push it in for what would be the game-winning 2-point conversion.
The Knights will be back in action on next Friday as they play their homecoming game against Griffin Christian.
-- Carter Barrow