BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
AFTON - It was not as pretty as they had hoped, but the Chuckey-Doak Black Knights were able to overcome their mistakes to hand Cosby a 26-10 defeat Friday night at home.
"I thought we played really hard but we just made too many mistakes. Cosby is a good ball club and my hat is off to them," Chuckey-Doak coach Ben Murphy said. "It was a tight ball game and we had too many personal fouls again, too many penalties again. We made stupid, stupid mistakes that we can't make."
Tyler Coe led the Black Knights' rushing attack that pounded out 270 yards against the Eagles. Coe ran for 172 of those yards with two touchdowns. Nick Sandstrom picked up 70 yards on eight carries and added a score. Dillon Brown also scored for Chuckey-Doak while picking up 32 yards on seven carries.
"The running backs all ran hard today and we have confidence in all of them to do a good job," Murphy said. "I would have liked to have gotten some of the guys some more touches but the way it worked out our fullback position got the most touches today and did a good job."
Brown put the Knights on the board first. Half way through the first quarter quarterback Brent Knight faked a pitch to Sandstrom then gave to Brown on a counter coming back to the right for an eight-yard score.
Cosby answered on its next series, greatly aided by 35 yards of Chuckey-Doak penalties. Quarterback Derek Weeks scrambled his way down field but the Knights held strong with their backs against the wall and forced a 249yard Nathan Webb field goal.
The Black Knights committed 82 total yards of penalties in the contest.
The game remained closely contested throughout the first half and Cosby looked poised to take the lead going into intermission when they had a first down on the 19-yard line with 15 seconds remaining.
Weeks dropped back to pass but Charlie Dibella, who left the game two plays earlier rattled from a big collision, had his man on lock down and as the ball came in, he leaped skyward to pick it off in the end zone, which preserved the 6-3 first-half lead.
"That was a great play there by Charlie," Murphy said. "He's a senior and played really well.
"We were man coverage and he stayed locked on his man and when the ball went in the air, he went up to get it and came down with it. That was big for us right there."
Coming out of intermission, the Knights struck quickly as they moved the ball 65 yards on four plays in just over a minute. Sandstrom capped the drive by taking a handoff around the right tackle then jetting by the defense for a 30-yard score.
Cosby made it 14-10 when Johnathan Douglas bowled his way through the Chuckey-Doak front seven for an 11-yard score.
Kris Hinkle returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a score but a block in the back penalty brought it back to the 50-yard line where Chuckey-Doak went three and out.
With eight minutes lef,t Coe need just two touches to make it a two-score game. The first was a disappointing one yard run, but the second was a 35 yard sprint around the right corner that made it 20-10.
Coe would then ice the game with 1:48 left by taking it up the middle and powering his way through the Eagle defense for a 15-yard score, which finished a 48-yard drive.