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Injuries force team to forfeit

An undermanned staff in Erwin couldn’t hold back the reigning semi-professional football champions.
The Erwin Knights hosted the Morganton Bobcats on Saturday, May 2, at Gentry Stadium and the current second ranked team in the nation was able to capitalize on the Knights missing the contest to earn a win via forfeit at the end of the first quarter due to a pair of injuries to Erwin’s squad.
Bright spots were shown across the field by the Knights with former Elizabethton Cyclone and Knight quarterback Ryan Thomas navigating the offense, along with former Unicoi County High School standout Coty VanHoy.
Allen Patten and Robbie Patten each added stops on the defensive side of the ball as did Thomas Doughty. Trevor Berry and Lucas Teague also added key plays on the line.
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The Knights made some noise of Saturday, April 25, in Erwin by pushing the Southwest Legends to the limit, but ultimately fell on the losing side of a 40-22 decision.
Erwin had the Legends on the ropes early, taking an 8-6 lead with 12:01 in the first quarter after Thomas connected with VanHoy on a long touchdown pass and then connecting with VanHoy again on a two-point conversion pass.
Southwest then rattled off 16 points unanswered, but Erwin kept the fight coming when Thomas connected with wide receiver and former Blue Devil standout athlete Cameron Miller on 40-yard touchdown reception.
The Legends took a 40-14 lead into halftime but the Knights were able to hold them scoreless the remainder of the second half. Erwin capped off their final score when VanHoy took over the quarterback position and hit Thomas from 10 yards out for a touchdown.
Zack Beard tallied in a pair of big runs for Erwin in the contest, as did former Hampton running back BJ Taylor. Troy Rachall kept a busy presence on the line, but missed the May 2 game due to a concussion.
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The Knights are tentatively scheduled to be back in action against the Rocky Top Miners on Saturday, May 9, at Gentry Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. but could change.
During the home contests, the UCHS Gridiron Club hosts concession stands with proceeds going to the high school football program.