Rott leads Black Knights to 42-6 win over Akron
Friday Knight Lights
SILVER CREEK — The initial question heading into this week for the Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights was how they would respond after coming off a loss last week to Wilson.
The first drive of the game Friday night answered that question.
The Black Knights took the opening kickoff and sustained a 12-play drive lasting 6:43 to take the early lead and from there, they cruised to a 42-6 victory over Akron in Class C North action.
“I’m very happy,” said Silver Creek/Forestville head coach Sean Helmer. “Last week was a tough week. It’s really hard emotionally to overcome a loss, especially a week one loss. Our kids stepped up to the challenge.”
It didn’t look like the game was headed for a blowout after the opening touchdown was scored by running back Angel Caraballo, but rather it look as though it was headed for a shootout.
Akron quarterback Brandon Orr came out slinging the ball around the yard, driving the Tigers down to the Black Knights 23 yard line. It was then when he threw an errant pass that was intercepted by cornerback Sammy Braidich who returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, giving Silver Creek/Forestville the 12-0 lead.
“I thought with the heat this week we were still able to put in a good week of practice,” said Helmer. “I thought we were physical and that was one of our challenges to them was to be physical. I’m more then happy with our performance.”
After the Black Knights forced a three and out and got the benefit of a 12-yard punt, quarterback Austin Rott hooked up with tight end Macadam Gadewoltz for an eight yard touchdown, pushing the lead to 20-0.
For the Black Knights, the hot start was much needed.
“The start was important,” added Helmer. “I think we just executed well, which we didn’t do last week. When you score early and get a big play on defense — we were just able to buckle down after that. Sammy made a big play.”
Silver Creek/Forestville continued to pour it on late in the first half when Luke Zbytek plunged in from just a yard out.
After that, with four seconds left in the first half Rott threw a dime to senior wideout Jack Brennan, who made a beautiful catch from 30 yards out to give the Black Knights a commanding 34-0 lead at the half.
With Rott only making his second career varsity start, he’s done nothing but impress so far this season.
“He had a great game,” said Helmer. “He’s helped us move the football more than anything. But he’s allowed us another weapon. Just taking a snap is difficult as a first-year guy, but he’s made some great throws. He’s not afraid of anything.”
Helmer also mentioned that throw he made to Brennan at the end of the half. Rott was able to step up, avoid the pressure and make an off-balance throw in the back of the endzone with ease. With an established passing game, the Black Knights are going to put the Class C North on notice.
Rott would fire his third touchdown of the game to open up the fourth quarter, again finding his main target Gadewoltz, for a 16-yard touchdown.
Rott finished the game 10-14 for 129 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Gadewoltz was his go-to guy throughout, hauling in six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
As for the success, the Black Knights know they still have work to do if they want to maintain it.
“I asked my team after the game, ‘how good do you want to be?'” said Helmer. “Do you want to just be that good or do you want to improve on the things we didn’t do well tonight. That’s how you move forward as a team.”
“Our division is tough,” added Helmer. “No matter what week it is, you have to play tough.”
Silver Creek/Forestville (1-1) will have a big game next week as they’ll travel to Roy-Hart to face off against the perennial Class C powerhouse on Friday night.
Notes: Angel Caraballo impacted the game on the ground, totaling 82 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Travis Drozdziel added two catches for 25 yards.