Knights romp Pirates with four second quarter touchdowns
ELMWOOD- Senior quarterback Reid Fletcher wowed the Elmwood-Murdock crowd Thursday night with seven total touchdowns in a 59-26 win for the Knights in the opening round of the Class D1 playoffs.
The six-seeded Knights played host to the eleven-seeded Plainview Pirates, and for the majority of the first quarter neither team could get points on the board.
The first possession for the Pirates ended with senior quarterback Tanner Frahm's seventh interception on the season on a fourth down play. The Knights punted after a three-and-out on their first possession.
Elmwood-Murdock struck first with under two minutes left in the first quarter. Fletcher pushed the pile forward from two-yards out to make it 7-0 Elmwood-Murdock with 1:36 left in the first.
Thirty seconds into the second quarter, the Pirates came roaring back with a touchdown strike of their own. Frahm connected with his favorite target on the season, junior Spencer Hille, for an 18-yard slant route touchdown. However, a missed extra point kept the score 7-6 Knights.
That would be the only score of the half for the Pirates, but the Knights continued to pile on the points in bunches.
Fletcher dialed up the long ball for senior Henry Coleman, and Coleman outran the defense for 33-yards and Fletcher's second touchdown of the half. Fletcher was quick to get back into the scoring column for the Knights with another carry from 48-yards out to make it 26-6 Knights.
With about two minutes left in the half, Knights senior Cade Hosier came alive with two touchdowns. Hosier ran in a score from 61-yards out and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Fletcher to end the half.
The second half was more of the same for the Knights. Fletcher added two more rushing touchdowns—one from 65-yards and another from 24-yards.
Plainview attempted to mount a comeback in the second half, but the three first half turnovers halted the Pirates. The Elmwood-Murdock Knights cruised to a round one victory 59-26, and now are the eight-seed against nine-seeded Hi-Line.