Knights 2014 Football Season Comes to a Close

St. Francis fights, falls to state champs Aquinas

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Playing their first-ever state football playoff game, the St. Francis Knights put up a fight against unbeaten and defending state champion Aquinas, losing 42-28 last Friday night to the Fighting Irish.

Aquinas (11-0) broke the game open in the second quarter with three touchdowns to take a 28-6 halftime lead. The Fighting Irish led 42-13 after three quarters before the Knights scored twice in the final period.

St. Francis (7-4) was hurt by three lost fumbles, which the powerful Aquinas offense was able to convert into points. Aquinas overcame the early loss of standout tailback Ruben Garnett, who carried six times for 54 yards before leaving with a foot injury.

Daniel Lindsey helped make up for Garnett’s absence, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns and adding 75 yards receiving and two more TDs. Aquinas quarterback Liam Welch completed 12 of 17 passes for 143 yards, but was intercepted twice by the St. Francis defense.

St. Francis quarterback Matt Davis passed for 145 yards and two scores for the Knights, who rushed for 120 yards. Avery Showell and A.J. Cummings scored two touchdowns each for St. Francis, with Showell having 121 yards rushing and receiving and Cummings having 108 yards.

Aquinas took a 7-0 lead after a fake punt attempt by the Knights came up just short of a first down. Showell scored on a 24-yard run to pull St. Francis within 7-6 before the Fighting Irish scored three times in the second quarter. The last TD came just a few seconds before halftime. Showell also scored in the third period on a 48-yard pass from Davis.

Cummings, who had both interceptions for the Knights, scored twice in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run and a 50-yard reception from Davis.

St. Francis coach Brennen Booth lamented his team’s mistakes, which made things easier for the defending state champions.

“We did things you can’t do against a team like that,” Booth said. “We turned the ball over and gave up some big plays. We’ve still got a ways to go to get to that level, but we took a lot of positives from the game. We got a taste of what it’s like in the playoffs.”