It was almost too frustrating.
Twice in the second half Treynor was able to take a miscue from the Knights back all the way.
The two defensive scores by the Cardinals proved to be the difference in Friday’s game as Treynor came away with a 35-21 victory.
Although they weren’t able to get the win, Kuemper was the team that struck first and last in the contest.
Kuemper had to survive an early scare. After a low snap on a punt trapped the Knights deep in their territory, they were forced to give up the ball on their own 22 yard line.
Treynor wasn’t able to do anything with the ball, and they attempted to kick a field goal, but it was wide right.
After surviving the possible field goal, the Knights started to march down field. Their first sustainable drive of the game brought the Knights down field where they were able to set up with a first and goal inside the Treynor five. The third run attempt worked as senior Jared Hausman was able to drive into the endzone for the first score of the game.
Carroll took a 7-0 lead with 6:48 remaining before half, but the lead was short lived.
On the ensuing kickoff Treynor was able to return it down the field for a touchdown. That tied the game at 7.
Late in the second quarter Treynor was able to score their first touchdown off an offensive drive, as they were able to score from 26-yards out to help them take a 14-7 lead.
Kuemper appeared to be driving once again as the half started to wind down. The drive came to an abrupt end as Treynor was able to gain an interception. Later, they scored off a four yard run, helping them take a 21-7 lead at halftime.
The second half didn’t start much better for Kuemper. First their quarterback, Cooper Pottebaum went down with an apparent leg injury. Then they fumbled the ball to Treynor.
Treynor returned the favor, throwing an interception to Kuemper a few plays later.
The third turnover in less than a minute grew Treynor’s lead even more. They were able to gain a 30-yard touchdown off an interception to jump ahead 28-7.
The Knights went to the ground game and were able to jet down field with quarterback DJ Vonnahme and Taye Vonnahme moved the ball well. It was DJ who scored from 28-yards out to allow the Knights to remain within 14 points.
Just as it seemed the Knights were getting ready to make their comeback, the Cardinals made it a little harder. A second Treynor interception was returned for a touchdown and the Cardinals were able to extend their lead 35-14.
Late in the game the Knights had pinned Treynor deep in their own territory.
The Cardinals were trying to run the clock out, but the Knights put a stop to that as they were able to swarm on the Treynor quarterback. Just as he was trying to break free, Knight senior Isaac Evans was able to rip the ball free. He picked up the loose ball and returned it for a touchdown, allowing the Knights to get back within 14 points.
Although the onside kick didn’t go to Kuemper they were nearly able to cause another fumble. This time the Cardinals were able to pick up the ball and run out the remaining time on the clock.
With Friday’s game the Knights move to 4-3 overall on the season. They will play Underwood in Underwood this Friday night.