|Date:||September 23, 2017|
Rhinos Stampede Knights in Football Opener
Taft demonstrated on Saturday afternoon in Watertown, CT, why its football team is one of the favorites to contend for a New England Championship this fall, as the Rhinos downed visiting Salisbury, 42-20. Taft led 13-0 at the end of the first quarter and 27-0 late in the second before Knight quarterback Jason Goldstein moved his team deep into Taft territory with a 34-yard pass play to Dylan Castaneda. Goldstein then found Jack Hanau in the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown toss to put the Knights on the board. Charlie Ryan’s point-after made it 27-7 going into the halftime.
Salisbury briefly made things interesting in the third quarter. Alex Indelicato’s 7-yard run capped a scoring drive that pulled the Knights within two scores, 27-14, as Dean again made good on the extra point. Indelicato would finish with 117 yards for the day on 24 carries, an average of better than 4.8 yards-per-carry.
Taft stormed back with a scoring drive of its own, and the quarter ended with the hosts up, 34-14. The Rhinos extended that advantage with their third aerial touchdown of the game, followed by a two-point conversion, to give them their largest lead of the afternoon, 42-14. A subsequent Goldstein quarterback-sneak from one yard out would close the scorebook for the day.
Goldstein put the ball up 19 times, completing 11, for a 57.9% passing day, good for 103 yards. The defense was led by Bennett Psyhogeos and Dawson Wynne. Psyhogeos had 3 solo tackles and 6 assists, while Wynne tormented Rhino ball carriers with 5 solos and one assist. Josh Cilumba was also active on defense with 3 solos and 2 assists. Jack Hanau and Dylan Sanchez both contributed interceptions.
The Knights take the field again Saturday afternoon (Sept. 30) at home against Phillips Andover. Kickoff is slated for 3:00. The game will be live-streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv13pl5td-Y.