The Redskins squandered a shot to cut the lead to 17-10 when an illegal block nullified a Michael Molina 30-yard field goal. Backed up 10 yards, the next attempt was blocked by Midland's Nick Boone, who also snuffed an extra point in the second half.
Midland got the ball in the second half, but fans may have been surprised to find out the Redskins were kicking off from their 25. That's because Hurricane coach Jeremy Taylor was flagged for comments left on the way to the locker room.
That was one of Hurricane's 10 penalties for 93 yards.
"We get emotional at times, and you can't let the emotional aspect of the game take over when you're coaching," Taylor said. "You just can't do it."
That stung, and it stung double when Gaydosz returned a short kickoff 45 yards to the Hurricane 23. After Thomas rushed for 8 yards, Farley covered the final 15 to give the Knights a 24-7 lead.
Midland hurt itself with a few penalties, including an unsportsmanlike-conduct foul that got offensive lineman Kurt Jones ejected (and automatically suspended next week). The Knights lost their second fumble when Coy Pettit entered at quarterback and fumbled a snap on his second play. Pettit had a slightly injured thumb, and Salmons moved Thomas from wingback to quarterback for much of the game.
While Midland was muddling, Hurricane struck for a touchdown with 10 minutes left, scoring on Zach Pate's 27-yard run. Hensley hit Koi Turner for 25 yards on the last play of the third quarter to knock the Knights on their heels.
That made it 24-13, but the Redskins couldn't score again. A penalty helped stall a drive at the Midland 30, and then the Knights launched their final scoring drive. Hensley's last pass, from the Midland 16, was intercepted in the end zone with 1:32 left.
Taylor was not dismayed over his team's effort, by any means.
"We're so young, we really are," Taylor said. "Seven seniors, all these sophomores and juniors playing, we're just so close. I don't know who we're going to draw next week, but I'm not afraid of going against anybody."
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