HANOVER TWP. — Things came easy for Lake-Lehman after a devastating Week 1 loss. It just took them a little longer than they had hoped to get the wheels rolling.
The Black Knights shut out Hanover Area in a 42-0 victory on Friday night. After taking nearly a full quarter to get into the end zone, Lake-Lehman put up six unanswered touchdowns to even their records.
But, aside from the win, the biggest point of pride came in the lack of turnovers.
“It was a concern of mine because last week we had a ton of turnovers in the game and a lot of mistakes,” Lake-Lehman coach Jerry Gilsky said. “We really needed to button up. I thought our team really responded well.”
Four penalties on the opening drive prevented Lake-Lehman from putting any points on the scoreboard until 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After the 45 yards of penalties, the Black Knights avoided a scoreless quarter when Matt Kurtz bulldozed into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown.
The Lake-Lehman defense held Hanover Area in check throughout the contest. The Hawkeyes managed just 44 yards of total offense. The Black Knights kept the Hanover Area rushing offense to eight yards on 24 carries.
Uncharacteristically, the Lake-Lehman passing game flourished against the Hawkeyes. Lake-Lehman completed 10 of 13 passes. Quarterback Ethan Adams connected for 113 yards. He airmailed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Casey Kaminsky to close out the first half with a 21-0 lead.
“He catched the ball, he threw the ball,” Gilsky said. “We’ll keep it at that. A lot of people will point out that traditionally we are a run team. We really put our kids in position to be successful. If we see certain things, personnel-wise, if we are capable of doing it, we’ll do it. I don’t understand why it is such a focal point by everyone in the media when we win games.”
The Black Knights wideout Ryan Eiden caught five passes for 88 yards.
Hanover Area’s James McCabe had an interception for 25 yards.
The Lake-Lehman rushing game was led by Kurtz with two touchdowns and 33 yards. Zach Kojadinovich carried the ball seven times for 61 yards.
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