SC-F clips Akron

OBSERVER Photo by Joe Conti Silver Creek-Forestville’s Dylan Weber jumps in front of Akron’s Derek Holtz to make an interception that sealed the Black Knights’ 13-6 win Friday night.

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek-Forestville Black Knights came out on top with a hard fought victory over the Akron Tigers 13-6 in non league action Friday night.

Akron took the lead on the first play of the second quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jake Sarow. The Tigers were aided by three Black Knight penalties which gave Akron first downs.

“We have harmed ourselves regularly this year by committing numerous penalties in key situations,” stated Silver Creek coach Sean Helmer. “This was another game with 100 penalty yards and is something that needs to be fixed to allow for the most of our opportunities.”

Silver Creek (2-2, 1-1) responded with a score on its next possession. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Tom Galfo connected with Macadem Gadewoltz for a 21-yard gain. Later during the drive, after several small gains, Angel Caraballo rushed for a 6-yard touchdown with Austin Eggleston adding the extra point to give the Black Knights a 7-6 lead.To start the third quarter, Akron started with the ball at midfield. Several rushes by Sarow gave Akron a first and goal. On third down, the Black Knights defense penetrated through to give Akron a loss on the sack by David Hallmark, forcing a long field goal attempt which was wide right.

“Sarow is a great running back,” said Helmer. “That was a huge defensive stand. We changed our defense during the week to keep their running back contained and did a great job at that most of the time.”

An eight minute offensive drive was in store for the Black Knights, highlighted by a couple key runs from Brad Yochum, including a run on fourth down where the offensive line pushed him through for several yards. The Black Knights eventually failed on downs, but forced the Tigers to start deep in their own end.

After a penalty and a long 26-yard pass by Akron, Silver Creek stopped the Tigers on downs. The Black Knights had a three-and-out on their next possession, but a 51-yard punt by Eggleston gave Akron the ball inside their 10-yard line.

On that possession by Akron, Eggleston knocked down a pass on third-and-8 to force Akron to punt deep in their end, where the Black Knights special teams came up with a huge play. A strong push by the defensive line allowed Luke Szumigala to deflect the punt, where Eggleston ran the punt return 21 yards for the touchdown.

Akron made a strong push at the end of the game. With three minutes left, Akron drove 50 yards to the 10-yard line to have a first and goal. The Black Knights defense came up strong in the end as Dylan Weber intercepted Akron’s pass in the end zone with one minute remaining.

According to Helmer, “Our defense, in particular the defensive line, was tough tonight. It was a great overall team effort. We are getting better. Our offensive execution is hurting us at times, but has shown signs of improvement. We had a hard week of practice in the heat and it paid off today.”

During halftime, the Hall of Fame class was recognized with the induction ceremony occurring today at Tri-County. “It was a great night for football,” said Helmer. “There was a great crowd supporting us with all of the other events going on.” It was also Forestville’s Homecoming game.

Silver Creek plays at Falconer next Friday.

NOTES: Tom Galfo went 7-for-15 for 79 yards passing. Eggleston rushed for 45 yards on 8 attempts while Caraballo rushed for 28 yards on 10 attempts and Yochum rushing four times for 24 yards. Gadewoltz led the receivers with two receptions for 43 yards while Weber also had two receptions for 18 yards. The Black Knights had 182 total yards of offense while holding Akron to just 142 yards. Sarow led the Tigers with 28 rushes for 91 yards.

Scoring Plays:

2nd quarter

Akron- 5 yard rush by Sarrow (PAT no good)

Silver Creek- 6 yard rush by Caraballo (Eggleston kick)

4th quarter

Silver Creek- 21 yard punt return by Eggleston (2 pt attempt no good)