The Battle of Red, Black & White uniforms was on Friday night with two teams that wear those colors with pride and fight. The Knights of View Park took that honor by force, keeping their undefeated season rolling to 5-0, with the 36-14 victory over the Morningside Monarchs.
It was a tight game. There was plenty of good defenses and more than enough penalties by both teams in the game. The will of Knights, however, took over in the fourth quarter, as View Park erupted for 20 points to put away the game in their favor.
Senior Cameron Griffin, a two-way starter, could not be missed if you attended this game. Griffin played as he was a man among boys, scoring four touchdowns, recording 151 all purpose yards (28 yard reception, 20 yard reception, 30 yard rush, 2 yard rush), registering 14 solo tackles with 8 assisted stops, and picking off a pass for an interception.
“Defense was big tonight, and the offense finally broke through,” Griffin said afterward. “It feels good to be a part of this special team.”
Not to be out done on the night, defensive back Aaron Lewis came up big with three interceptions off of Morningside quarterback Clarence Jackson (17-of-40 passing for 230 yards). Lewis’s picks came at key situations in the game to stop drives by the Monarchs from turning into points.
Lewis attributed his ball-hawking performance to studying what Morningside liked to do.
“Practice and repetition of their plays during the week made the game easier,” Lewis said.
The game started with a lot of great tough running by both teams. The running game then took a backseat to the passing attack. By the half, both teams combined had amassed 14 penalties (3 personal fouls) with plenty of delay of games calls as the teams’ offensive coordinators seemed as if they were trying play chess against one another.
This allowed both teams defenses to pin back ears due to teams being forced to pass to get first downs.
Morningside’s offense had plenty of missed opportunities that would have helped them regain the moment all night. They showed flashes of greatness with their quickness and speed on the edges. The one steady option was running back Christian Williams, who rushed for 95 yards on 16 carries.
As they enter Bay league play next week a balance attack will go a long way to start win streak back. Up next View Park (5-0) will travel to Hawkins (1-4) Oct. 18th & Morningside (3-2) will travel to Santa Monica (2-2) Oct 11th.