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Football: Knox pulls off late upset win over North Judson

Updated: August 31, 2013 1:35AM



KNOX — There is nothing sweeter than a win over a bitter rival.

And the Knox Redskins must feel even better about their 12-7 upset victory over arch-rival North Judson, as few felt the Redskins had any chance to win, except maybe the Redskins themselves.

In a game that had to wait through a 2½-hour lightning storm delay, it was lightning in a bottle for Knox when they got back on the field.

The Redskins’ Eric Dan scored with just 34 seconds left in the first half, running in from two yards out after a 62-yard drive that saw the Bluejays hurt by penalties. Then with time running out and on fourth down, Eric Dan made an amazing 30-yard catch that put Knox at the Jay eight. From there, two Knox sophomores hooked up, with Jake Krause going over on an eight-yard pass from Drew Dan. Knox had come from behind, up 12-7, and the lead would hold.

And the Redskins pulled off those big offensive plays running out of the wishbone, a North Judson forte, on offense.

Much of the win, in the end, can be credited to Krause, who is also a standout wrestler. The sophomore figured big in that final defensive stand. Kicker Alex Hernandez, another sophomore, booted the Jays deep, and two Krause-led defensive stops help preserve the win. Krause played havoc in the Bluejay backfield.

“I was hurt all week,” said Krause, who had never seen the Redskins win in football. “Wrestling has really been a big help, I’m not afraid to hit, you get a mental toughness (from wrestling).”

“Krause was definitely big for us, we called the right blitzes, at the right time, you have to give coach Trap (Trapana). Kudos for him making the right calls,” Knox (1-1) coach Chris McGowen said.

“We wanted to win so bad,” said Eric Dan, who also had an interception in the first half. “We played our hearts out.”

Of his pass reception from his quarterback brother, “It was gold,” he said of Drew’s pass. “I juste wanted to make a play … it was our last chance, or we give up the ball.”

The Jays (1-1) scored first, in the first quarter, climbing aboard the broad shoulders of converted receiver Erik Beckman, who toted the ball 10 of 11 plays for 44 yards and a touchdown.

But the hard-running workhorse got banged up in the first quarter, then had sit out the second half after another hard hit in the second period. Beckman carried the football 21 times for 108 yards in that first half, and although Judson has other strong runners, Beckman can be almost unstoppable. And he wasn’t available when the Jays needed to go to the air late.



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