Football beats Steele

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Photo By: Justin Lopez

Senior Donnie Moody shows some sportsmanship to Steele’s Wyatt Begeal.

On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Judson Rockets (4-0) faced off against the Steele Knights (4-0) at Lehnhoff Stadium. 

To begin the game, senior De’Anthony Lewis had a big run, which set up junior Micheal Burroughs to score Judson’s first touchdown of the game after he dusted the Knights secondary on a quarterback draw. Steele’s offense was stonewalled by Judson’s defense as the Knights were forced to kick a field goal after being stopped short at the goal line. Judson led 7-3 with 4:21 left in the first quarter. After an insane 50+ yard touchdown run by Lewis, the Rockets increased their lead to 14-3. With a very questionable call, a Rockets dropped pass was ruled a fumble and the Knights obtained possession of the ball on the 33-yard line, but to no avail as the first quarter ended with the Rockets leading 14-3. 

To start the second quarter, junior Eric Nolden intercepted the ball, which set up Burroughs to yet again run in for another Judson touchdown. Judson increased their lead to 21-3 early on in the second quarter after the run from Burroughs. With 1:22 left in the second quarter, the Knights forced their way into the endzone for their first touchdown of the game, which also ended the second quarter with the Rockets in the lead 21-10. 

To begin the third quarter, senior Jason Bratcher caught a deep pass to bring the Rockets to the 23-yard line, but the Rockets were forced to punt shortly after. As both teams seemed to be at a standstill, the score remained 21-10 with 6:00 left in the so-far silent third quarter. The Knights finally scored their second touchdown of the game to make the score 16-21 but the Rockets quickly responded back with a touchdown of their own courtesy of a 70+ yard catch from junior Anthony Evans. The Rockets ended the third quarter in the lead 28-16. 

To start the last quarter, Judson’s defense was all over the Knights’ offense as they were unable to move up the field and were forced to punt on 2 straight possessions. After the Knights got the ball back, junior Saiveon Johnson intercepted the ball to give Judson possession on the 28-yard line. The Rockets went on to defeat the Steele Knights 28-16 in a hard-fought district win.

On Friday 27, 2020, the Judson Rockets (5-0) will face off against the Wagner Thunderbirds (3-2) in the annual Hammerbowl at D.W Rutledge Stadium.

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