Knights running back Jaylen Charron (82) slips past Whitestown’s Todd Janicke (20).
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
MHTS stopped by the park for the Jr. Pee Wee Division game between the Northern Community Knights and the Whitestown Warriors, which was played in front of a large contingent of fans for both clubs.
After a scoreless first quarter of play, which saw both teams turn the ball over a couple of times, it was the visiting Knights that got on the board first.
With 6:56 remaining in the first half of play, Northern Community running back Jaylen Charron took a pitch from quarterback Deegan Thrasher and scampered down the left sideline for a 27 yard touchdown run.
Scott Rachon dove in for the one point conversion and the Knights held a 7-0 lead, much to the approval of their adoring fans.
The Warriors didn’t have too much trouble moving the ball against the tough Knights defense, but the fumble bug kept the Warriors off the scoreboard in the early going.
Northern Community relied on a steady dose of toss sweeps on offense, and their last one of the first half resulted in Charron’s second score of the day, this one a 43 yard dash around the right side.
The two point conversion run was stifled by the Whitestown front four, but the Knights took a 13-0 lead into the intermission.
Three plays later, with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter, young Mr. Charron busted through the Whitestown defense for his third score of the contest and Northern Community held a 19-0 advantage.
The conversion run was stopped by Whitestown.
The teams battled evenly through the remainder of the third quarter and most of the fourth, until Knights tailback DeVante Rehm took a hand off and rambled 77 yards for a touchdown, putting NC up by a score of 25-0, with 2:39 to play.
On the ensuing possession, Whitestown showed what they were made of, exhibiting no signs of retreat or surrender.
Steven Dorzynski caught a 24 yard pass from Jeff Robinson on the first play from scrimmage and on the next play, Robinson called his own number and dashed 34 yards for a touchdown, with just 1:04 remaining.
The extra point failed and that’s the way this one would end.
Congratulations to both clubs on a hard fought contest and best of luck with the remainder of your respective seasons from MHTS!