Aldie, Va. (October 2, 2014) – The Dominion Titans defeated the John Champe Knights Friday night 28-27, in a tightly contested football game at the Knights home field.
The Titans leaned heavily on the strong arm of their quarterback, Scotty Forbes, who led the attack with 15 completions in 21 attempts resulting in four touchdowns and one interception. He spread the ball around as he threw touchdowns to four different receivers. Forbes threw two bombs over 50 yards, one to Derrick Kouame for 59 yards to start scoring in the first quarter and another to Tucker Strychar for 56 yards to tie the game at 14-14 in the second quarter.
The game was a battle, with a compelling contrast of attacks with the Titans advancing through the air and the Knights grinding it out on the ground. Stephen Baker led the Knight rushing attack with 111 yards on 12 carries, two TD’s and one fumble and an impressive 9.25 yards per carry. The Knight’s quarterback, Zack Burdick, added a TD with 69 yards on 18 carries. Burdick was also eight for 13 with 101 yards and one TD passing.
The game was a see-saw affair with seven lead changes throughout the game. Neither team was able to pull away from the other as the largest margin on the scoreboard never exceeded 7 points. Dominion struck first with Forbes’ 59 yard bomb to Kouame, but the Knights answered back with a 32 yard 10 play drive that started off after a Titan fumble. The teams traded blows in the second quarter and ended the half tied 14-14.
In the third quarter, after punting the ball away on their first position, the Knights regained possession on a Forbes throw that was picked off by Samysm Adhikari. The Knights then capitalized on the turnover with a 75 yard 11 play drive to take a 21-14 lead. The Titans then answered with the next two scores to go up 28-21 in the 4th quarter. After the ensuing kick-off Stephen Baker of the Knights ran the ball back 20 yards and they began their drive on their own 36 yard line. Three plays later, Baker took off for a 58 yard touchdown run to make the score 28-27. However, the Titans blocked the extra point and that one point was the difference in the game, as the Knights last possession was disrupted by a defensive stand by the Titans.
After taking an intentional grounding penalty to avoid a sack, Burdick’s last pass of the day fell incomplete and the Titans took over on downs and ran out the clock.