By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The St. Michael-Albertville football squad kept its early-season roll going with a convincing 28-0 victory at Big Lake. The Hornets (0-4) fell down early and stayed down.
Quarterback Jackson Greenwaldt took off on a bootleg run, turning a fourth down into a 15 yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead for the Knights. He was the first of three different players to score a rushing touchdown that night for STMA.
On a later drive, Big Lake, helped along by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty seemed poised to score, but a leaping interception by Joe Kilian deep in STMA territory took away perhaps the best scoring chance Big Lake had that evening.
Dallas Freeman caught a deep pass which set up a goal to go situation for the Knights in the second quarter. Chris Kartes scored on a two yard touchdown run for a two touchdown STMA lead. Big Lake had one more chance before halftime, but a hail mary attempt fell short.
The Knights drove down the field and extended the lead on a Dallas Freeman touchdown catch. Freeman finished with three catches for 88 yards. The Knights found themselves in complete control of the game.
In the fourth quarter, Noah Evans tumbled into the endzone for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead. Later, with the Knights’ backups in the game, the two teams traded a pair of turnovers.
The STMA ground game ruled the day once again offensively, as five different Knights got touches in that fashion. Kartes and Evans led the way combining for over 100 yards. Greenwaldt, Jordan Joseph and Luke Eicher each carried the ball a few times.
The defense recorded its first shutout of the season. Defensive coordinator Darby Carlson praised the defense for its efforts.
“I’m proud of our kids. I thought we ran to the ball well tonight and when we got there, we had a lot of guys in hit mode, and that was fun to see,” Carlson said. He added that the emphasis is always on how the Knights play, no matter who the opponent is.
“We look at game film, we look at the kids, we say ‘did you execute what you were supposed to do on that play?’ and that’s kinda our standard,” he said.
With the Knights undefeated heading into the homecoming game, Carlson said the atmosphere ought to be exciting.
“You’ve got a homecoming game, I think you probably will have two undefeated teams going at it. It should be a lot of fun.”
Carlson said the team does not look past anyone on the schedule.
“It’s good to be 4-0, but we have some salty competition coming up, and we’ll just try to take ‘em one at a time and we’ll see what happens here in the next month.”
The Knights host fellow unbeaten Chisago Lakes for the big homecoming game tomorrow night at St. Michael Middle School Field.
STMA’s Dallas Freeman comes down with a big catch to set up a touchdown. He finished with 3 catches for 88 yards. (Sun staff photo by Jake Schroer)