Aug 17, 2014
Cardinal Gibbons took advantage of three Knightdale turnovers Saturday and ran away from the Knights in a 23-7 win in the final scrimmage of the 2014 HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree.
It was Knightdale that got on the board first as they took advantage of a short field following a Wesley Wagner fumble and Kameron Ballen found the endzone from three yards out. After that, it was all Cardinal Gibbons though.
Wagner bounced back from his early miscue and connected on on each of his next six passes, two of them for touchdowns. He hooked up twice with Sean Nalesnik for first half scores, the first from 24 yards and the second a 50-yard strike to close the half.
Wagner went to half 6-for-6 for 119 yards and the two scores. Nalesnik finished the game with three catches for 95 yards and the two touchdowns.
Knightdale opened the second half with turnovers on back-to-back possessions. An interception by the Crusaders' Chris Karazin led to a 27-yard field goal by Louis Di fillipo as Gibbons took a 16-7 lead. Then, a fumble recovered by Joe Donovin led to a short field where the Crusaders came up empty.
Late in the game, Gibbons added another score as a 53-yard pass play from Anton Stoneking to Drew Dotter set up a 25-yard TD run by Magnus KaiKai.
Knightdale's offense managed just 112 yards of total offense on 25 plays, 32 of which came on the teams only completion. As a team, three quarterbacks combined to go 1-for-4 for 32 yards and two interceptions. A stable of nine different ball carriers rushed 21 times for 80 yards and one fumble. The Knights also committed six penalties.
Pass-heavy Cardinal Gibbons ran just nine times for 29 yards -- 25 of it coming on Kaikai's touchdown. Wagner and Stoneking combined to go 8-for-12 passing for 173 yards and two scores.
Each team opens their regular season Friday. Cardinal Gibbons will be at Green Hope while Knightdale will host Sanderson.
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