Deerfield-Windsor sophomore Michael Perrine (No. 45) celebrates after sacking the Bulloch Academy quarterback early in the second quarter of Friday’s GISA Region 1-AAA opener for both teams. (Staff Photo: John Millikan)
ALBANY — The Deerfield-Windsor Knights got their GISA Region 1-AAA schedule off to a solid start Friday night, notching a 38-3 home win over the Bulloch Academy Gators.
Grey Lanier led the Knights with two recieving TDs.
“I feel pretty good, but I was nervous both times when the ball was in the air. On both the catches I saw no one was around me so I just concentrated on making the catch,” Lanier said. “They were both basically the same play just from different formations. We actually worked on them this week, 81 Lisa & 60 Lisa, both named after my mom. Coach said he had something planned for me all week.”
Deerfield coach Allen Lowe knew Lanier would be able to make an impact in the Knights’ first game back from their bye week
“Earlier this week I told him I had something planned for him,” Lowe said. “We knew they would play hard press man coverage, and I knew we could slip him out there.”
The victory sets up a crucial GISA Region 1-AAA game next week between Deerfield and Westfield.
“Westfield is very good,” Lowe said. “They rolled over Southland (Friday), from what I’ve heard. They’re definitely the team to beat right now. We have to be prepared. It’s going to be a war like it is every year.”
The Knights (5-2, 1-0) made some noise early when senior Davis Long blocked a punt on the Gators first possession, giving the Knights the ball on Bulloch’s 45 yard line.
Despite having great field position throughout the first quarter, the Knight’s struggled to put points on the board early on.
It looked as if the Knights were going to have the game’s first score until senior running back Matthew Fox bobbled an exchange from senior quarterback Tripp Presley at the Gator 10-yard line, giving Bulloch the ball deep in its own territory. The Gators again failed to move the ball and had to punt the ball away.
The Knight’s were finally able to make something happen offensively after senior Reid Wright turned a 5-yard pass into a 44-yard gain and Presley was able to punch the ball in from the 1-yard line for the first score of the game with 21 seconds left in the first quarter.
Then the points started to come a little easier for the Knights, who took a 14-0 lead later in the quarter on a 6-yard run by Fox.
The Knights continued their offensive momentum and increased their lead to 21 when sophomore quarterback Tyler Lowe found wide open senior receiver Lanier for an 84-yard touchdown with 3:19 left in the second quarter.
Coming back from the break the Knights started right where they left off when Lanier again scored a long touchdown, this time catching a pass from Pressley and taking it 65 yards for the score. The game remained knotted at 28-3 for most of the third quarter until the Knight’s increased the lead to 31-3 after junior kicker Harry Vildibill kicked a 32 yard field goal.
From that point on the Knights completely dominated the Gators defensively, culminating in Knight freshman Steven Williams picking up a Bullock fumble and carrying it 80 yards for a touchdown, pushing the lead to 38-3.