Lobos lassoed

Knights surrender lead, then rally to beat Lehman, 40-27

Steven Tibbetts


Jalen Sutton ran for 252 yards and three touchdowns from scrimmage and ran back a kickoff 88 yards for another touchdown on the games opening play. Photo by Annabel Winter.

Gregory James, photo editor

For the second week in a row, the Knights surrendered an early lead and then overcame a second-half deficit to sieze victory in the end. On Friday night at House Park, the Knights (2-0) led the visiting Lehman Lobos, 13-0, then trailed them 27-13, and ultimately vanquished them, 40-27.

The Knights started off the game with a 88-yard kick return by Jalen Sutton to go up 7-0 in the first 15 seconds of the game. After a three-and-out drive by Lehman, a lost fumble on the Knights’ second drive, and another three-and-out drive, the Knights scored again thanks to long runs by Jalen Sutton and Cole Davis set up Davis’ 6-yard touchdown run to make it 13-0. It appeared the route was on, but it wasn’t.

DAVIS FOR SIX:Quarterback Cole Davis land in the end zone after diving the final five yards to score a touchdown to give the Knights a 13 -0 first-quarter lead over Lehman. Photo by Gregory James.

The rest of the first half the Knights were on the defensive. Lehman defensive end Terry Maher recovered a fumbled snap and ran the ball 26 yards for a scoop and score. After a 31-yard pass from Cayden Raymond to CJ Scott for another Lehman touchdown, the game was tied. Thanks to a botched PAT, the game remained tied at the half, 13-13.

The third quarter began with more of the same from the Lobos. They scored back-to-back touchdowns to make the score 27-13 with four minutes to go in the third quarter.

This situation was not too unfamiliar for this McCallum team. The week previously, against Anderson, they had been in the same situation where they had scored first, yet found themselves trailing in the third quarter by a margin of two touchdowns. But as they did against Anderson, the team rallied and won the game. Against the Lobos, the turnabout was even quicker. Before the third quarter ended, the Knights had reversed the momentum and regained control of the game.

The Knights scored two quick third-quarter touchdowns, the first by Jalen Sutton, who ran 69 yards to the end zone to make the score 27-20. After that, Takai Satberry caught a short Cole Davis pass behind the line of scrimmage and ran 67 yards to tie the game at 27.

The Knights never looked back from there and went up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Jalen Sutton scored his third and fourth touchdowns of the game on 11-yard run following a bobbled punt snap to make the score 34-27. Then Sutton ran the ball 53 yards for an insurance touchdown to make the final score 40-27.

TIME FOR BATTLE: The Knights run out of their banner before the 40-27 win against Lehman on Sept. 7. Photo by Gregory James.

“It was like the last game, we had a good comeback” Jalen Sutton said after the game. “Everybody was focused on the second half and we got a good win. ”

Everybody was focused on the second half and we got a good win

— Jalen Sutton

On the defensive side of the ball, the Knights were making key plays to set up the offense. In the first quarter on fourth down for the Lobos, Gabe Williams intercepted a pass in the end zone to prevent a possible Lehman touchdown.

Senior Gabe Williams intercepts a fourth-down pass to the end zone. Video by Steven Tibbetts.

The Knights also forced Lehman to fumble the ball on a punt that would set the offense up in Lehman territory to score the go-ahead touchdown.

The Knights recorded 313 rushing yards on the game and quarterback Cole Davis was 7/7 passing. Takai Satberry had 67 yards receiving yards on the night. Darius Lewis led the receiving corps with 97 yards on five receptions.

The Knights now look ahead to Leander Glenn next week where they will play their first game on the road. The Knights play at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Gupton Stadium.

The football players and coaches, the cheerleaders and the Blue Brigade dancers link pinkies while the band plays the school song after McCallum defeated Lehman, 40-27. Video by Gregory James.

Cheerleaders Eliana Herrera Mary Roe and Madison Catalano celebrate with fans after Jalen Sutton ran the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. Photo by Dave Winter.
PUNTER COVERAGE: Just before the end of the third quarter, Connor Boggs tackles Lehman’s punter after he bobbled a low snap. The play resulted in a turnover on downs and excellent field position for the Knights. Jalen Sutton would take advantage for the second of his two fourth-quarter touchdowns to give the Knights a lead they would never surrender. Photo by Annabel Winter.
PAY DIRT: Jalen Sutton carries two Lehman defenders into the end zone for the tie-breaking touchdown that made the score 34-27 after Trinidad de la Garza’s successful point-after attempt. Photo by Grace Nugent.
POMS UP: The Blue Brigade holds up their pom poms at the football game vs. Lehman. The Knights won 40-27 in the game against Lehman. Photo by Lucy Marco.
Reese Youngblood, the Blue Brigade Dancer of the Week, was recognized at halftime prior to the brigade’s show. Youngblood earned the recognition because of her hard work and attentiveness at practice. The Spirit Award for the weekend went to freshman Anna Schlett. Photo by Lucy Marco.

Interview of Gabe Williams by Gregory James.

Interview of Jalen Sutton by Gregory James.

Interview of Coach G by Gregory James.

Interview of Takai Satberry by Gregory James.

Interview of Duce Rosales by Steven Tibbetts.

Video by Angie Seckar-Martinez.