DENVILLE, NJ-- For their second away game of the season, the Morris Knolls football team came out with the will to win. The Golden Eagles played a road matchup at Mount Olive on Oct. 9, and after last week's win over Mendham, the team was looking to keep adding numbers in the win column.
While Mount Olive came out strong in the first quarter, Knolls was able to pick up touchdowns on fumble recoveries, turnovers, and through having a good read on the Mount Olive offense. At the half, Knolls held a significant lead over Mount Olive, up 34-14.
Morris Knolls dominated the second half as well, allowing Mount Olive a chance to score only twice. Coach Bill Regan noted that because of a team effort, the Golden Eagles were able to walk away with win number 4 on the season.
"We were able to put a lot of pressure on Mount Olive's quarterback. Our secondary with three picks was real big. The O Line blocked very well," said Regan.
Thanks to Joe Stango's three touchdowns in the first half and a spectacular game played on defense, Knolls was able to keep the ball mostly in their possession and have the power to run the clock, even if the score at halftime had Knolls up by 20 points.
With the final score 54-28, Morris Knolls improves to 4-1 on their current season. Coach Regan still found some things that the team needs to work on in practice.
"We still need to polish up on our kickoff coverage. We can play sharper than what we did tonight. This week's practice was mediocre. We have to practice better, we're going to be playing tougher teams now," Regan explained.
Stango was a huge help on the offensive side of the ball, giving Knolls three of their touchdowns. Just like Coach Regan, Stango agrees that the team needs to come out harder.
"We need to get a faster start. We need to start out better and harder. Lately, we've been coming out very slow on offense," said Stango.
Knolls will have their homecoming game next weekend at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 17. The 4-1 Eagles will be taking on the 2-2 Randolph Rams. Coach Regan will be looking to add win number five, but knows it will be a tough matchup for both sides.
"Randolph will be a very physical team. We're going to have to play our best along the line, on both offense and defense," Regan stated.
FINAL: Morris Knolls 54, Mount Olive 28