Knights aim to blunt injury factor, beat Rustin

Posted on November 15, 2019 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith

Academy Park’s defense has not allowed a touchdown in two District 1 Class 5A tournament games.

The offense produced nicely in a 26-0 trouncing of Oxford in the first round, but struggled mightily in an 8-6 win over Penn Wood a week ago.

It has not been pretty, but the Knights are two wins away from the program’s fourth district title.

They have, for several weeks now, pushed along in a 10-2 campaign without two of their best players in running back/linebacker Devon Covert and defensive lineman Utensee Nankay, seniors who went down during the season with foot and ankle injuries.

The number of walking wounded on Calcon Hook Road has only increased in recent weeks. Last week the Knights were without one of their best wide receivers and defensive backs in Alphonso Hayes, as well as contributing running backs Glister Threadgill and Hykeem Green.

With so many notable players sidelined, AP’s offense has turned into a one-man show. Talented senior quarterback Barry Brown, who ran in a touchdown from one yard out on AP’s first offensive snap against Penn Wood, has put the offense on his back the last two games.

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