CHARLOTTE, NC, Ardrey Kell survived at home winning 43-30 over the Independence Patriots. The Knights and Patriots both came into their Week 4 game with matching 2-1 records. 2-1 represents a much improved start for both programs. Although Ardrey Kell went into the half with a 26-9 lead, early the 2nd half the AK Knights found themselves down 30-26 to a surging and confident Independence team. Patriots RB #7 Davion Nelson had a big night with several long runs and 2 TD’s. (In addition Davion had several hard hitting bruising runs.)
Independence Jr QB #4 Arnold Taylor found his rhythm and connected two TD passes with senior WR #2 Trevor Bryan.
Those TD’s combined with a 2-Pt conversion and PAT put the Patriots up 4, and they had seized control of the game.
But the Knights responded. Knights QB # 5 Jared Joseph connected with WR #11 Cedric Gray for a nice 25 yard touchdown pass to regain the lead. The AK defense played tough the next series and got the ball right back to the offense. The offense wasted no time. Again, AK QB Jared Joseph took the air. #5 Joseph connected with a wide open receiver #3 Michael Hetzel.
AK’s #3 Hetzel would take it 50+ yards to the house. The PAT from Jackson Price(#19) would put the Knights up 40-30. AK’s kicker Jackson Price would add another FG (29 yds) later to put the Knights up 43-30.
Congrats to the AK Knights for the win. Also thanks to Ardrey Kell for hosting CFI. AK moves to 3-1 on the season. The Patriots fall to 2-2, however I believe these teams will both make some noise in their respective conferences once those games start after next week’s action.
After the game, CFI’s Matt Morrow talked with first year AK Head Coach Greg Jachym. Coach Jachym was very proud of his team for staying focused and responding to adversity in the 3rd and 4th quarter. He was also very pleased with his teams last drive of the game that melted the clock and kept the ball out of the hands of the Independence offense. Video with Coach Jachym is included in the Video Highlights.