On Friday, Sept. 24, the varsity football team battled the South Atlanta Hornets in a game that ultimately came down to the wire. The Knights opened the game with strong defensive performances, shutting down the Hornets’ offense on its first few possessions. The Knights’ offense struck first with a 38-yard field goal by junior Andrew Swann that put the Knights up 3-0 early in the first quarter. In the middle of the second quarter, sophomore Terrence Kiel helped the Knights regain the lead by returning a South Atlanta punt 68 yards to put the Knights up 10-6.  

Just before the half, junior Connor Phelan threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Kiel, which, after senior defensive linemen Jayden Gasque intercepted a South Atlanta pass, allowed the Knights to go into the half up 17-14. With the help of a strong goal-line stand by the defense, the offense drove the ball down the field into South Atlanta territory with 2 minutes left in the game. However, the Knights, down 20-17, were unable to convert on fourth and one and turned the ball over on downs. The defense was led by strong performances from senior Jack Siegenthaler and sophomore Ashton Wiley; both tallied four tackles.