The Silver Creek-Forestville Black Knights suffered several injuries in the first quarter of their Week 1 loss to the Fredonia Hillbillies last week.
Unfortunately, not all those players are healthy enough for tonight's contest when the Black Knights travel to Salamanca for a Class C South high school football contest.
"We have to help our kids understand it's a long season and someone has to step up," Silver Creek-Forestville coach Sean Helmer said. "We will be fine. We know who is going to be eligible to play and put our confidence in them. "I've never been through something like that. No one can be prepared for that many two-way starters to be done for the game so early on. Up to that point, our kids regrouped and calmed down. Once we calmed down, we did things we wanted to do."
Silver Creek-Forestville’s Sherman?Williams will look to carry the Black?Knights to their first victory of the season in Class C?South high school football action.
The Warriors are another highly touted team in Class C South and feature a "tall, athletic quarterback who can throw the ball," and have "a couple good running backs."
"They are always a physical team," Helmer noted. "We aren't small. I think on paper, we won't intimidate anyone, but we are physical. The majority of them have high motors and are high effort. I think our goal is to wear them down by the end."
Silver Creek-Forestville will look to Jake Lewis and Kaine Kettle to carry the defense. Kettle will be playing in his first game this season and will bring a spark to the Black Knights.
Despite having a tough two-week stretch by playing Fredonia and Salamanca, Helmer is glad his team is facing the challenge.
"We always challenge our kids," he said. "We want to play the best teams. To be the best, you have to beat the best. The reality is we haven't beat the best. We have to regroup and start over. Salamanca is Week 1. That's how we have to approach this."