By: Justin Kelm
The Georgia Knights Prep Academy made the fourteen-hour trip to Houston to battle the North American University Stallions on a beautiful Saturday night in Houston. Before the game, the Stallions and Knights showed their pride for their respective schools. A lot of chatter before the game even begun. The Stallions in their home uniforms of dark blue and white and the Knights in a cream blue.
The Knights came into the game riding a loss the previous week in Alabama, while the Stallions came in with a road victory in Louisiana. Stallions Head Coach, Kenneth Apande stressed the importance of how to be successful.
He stated, “after a long week of preparation, it takes little victories throughout the week to accomplish their mission.”
The intensity level in the locker room could be felt throughout Husky Stadium. The Stallions had four captains for kickoff (#4, #7, #9, #28). The Knights sent out four as well. #76 for the Knights brought intensity but was respectful. From the opening kickoff, the Knights capitalized on Stallions miscues.
The Knights found the end zone first and went up 6 to 0. A lot of adjustments were made as the Stallions trailed heading into the second quarter. The Stallions responded by finding the end zone quickly. Stallions RB #7 put on a show, scoring the touchdown and converting the two-point conversion attempt. The Stallions went up 8 to 6. The defense came alive and forced the Knights to punt.
With the ball back, Quarterback #12 Anthony Beltran tossed a beautiful passing TD to extend the Stallions lead to 8, 14 to 6. After scoring this, the Stallions offense would not find the end zone the rest of the game. At the half the score was 14 to 14 as the Knights continued to find a way into the end zone. Turnovers and penalties would highlight this game.
After tossing an interception, the Knights capitalized on the Stallions turnover by punching the ball into the end zone, going up for the first time 20 to 14. More miscues led to the lead expanding to 28 to 14 in favor of the Knights.
The Stallions changed their quarterbacks and #14 led the charge down the field late in the game. But the night was just not for the Stallions. With a 1 minute and change left, the Stallions went for it and tried to punch the ball in. A fumble near the goal line resulted in the Knights taking a knee to end the game.
With the loss, the Stallions dropped to 2-1 on the season. The Stallions will battle the Community Christian College Warriors of Georgia on Saturday, October 10 at 7 PM CDT.