By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
For all the talk about the Knights football team struggling to find its way in Class 6A, Thursday night’s game looked familiar to the St. Michael-Albertville faithful as the Knights routed the Mounds View Mustangs 45-21, gaining their first win in their new class and district.
After stopping the Mustangs on their first drive, the Knights took over and drove down the field. Mitchell Kartes rumbled in from 16 yards out to give STMA a lead that became 8-0 after a two-point conversion.
Kartes would score again later to make it a 16-0 lead after the Knights converted for two points again. Still in the first quarter, Matt Feldick intercepted a pass from Tenzin Misra and took it to the house, making it 24-0 after a third two-pointer.
In the second quarter, the Knights continued to pour it on with a pair of touchdown runs from Desean Phillips, which made the score 38-0. New STMA kicker Nick Oakvik went a perfect 3-3 on extra points following STMA’s last three touchdowns.
The Mustangs got a score from Alex Relling in the third quarter, only for Phillips to answer back with his third touchdown of the game in the fourth. The Mustangs scored twice in the final three minutes, but the Knights took the convincing win 45-21.
Head coach Jared Essler said that the first team especially played well and had a lot of energy, and it was fun to see them play as well as they did.
“I was excited about how we came out of the gates. Kids were chomping at the bit; they were ready to play,” Essler said.
Essler also talked about Blaine, and how preparing for the Bengals will be a unique situation.
The Knights get another test when they play Blaine Friday night on the road. Game time is 7 p.m.