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Bishop Luers' Jaylon Smith, left, celebrates with defensive back Chance Young after Young returned a third-quarter interception for a touchdown in the Knights' 22-20 win over North Side in their homecoming game Friday at Luersfield. (Photo by INMedia Source)
Bishop Luers' Jaylon Smith, left, celebrates with defensive back Chance Young after Young returned a third-quarter interception for a touchdown in the Knights' 22-20 win over North Side in their homecoming game Friday at Luersfield. (Photo by INMedia Source)

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Bishop Luers star leads Knights defense to impressive win

Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:01 am
The Pig has heard all the Bishop Luers whispers this season. “They have no offense.”

“Luers doesn't have the horses to win another title.”

“Quarterback inconsistency will cost them.”

Well, The Pig has news for those doubters. The Knights have what it takes to bring home a fourth consecutive state championship.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was in attendance Friday to check up on his prized recruit Jaylon Smith, and the Knights beat North Side, 22-20. He likely left as impressed with the Knights' defense as The Pig was.

Sure, Bishop Luers gave up 20 points, but one was on a blown coverage and the other came because of a short field off a turnover.

Need some examples of the Knights' defensive prowess? How about when Smith ran from one side of the field to the other to bring down C.J. Jackson in the open field to kill a drive.

How about Chance Young's pick-six for Bishop Luers that put the Knights up for good in the third quarter.

And do not forget the big fourth-and-1 play in the fourth quarter that the Knights stuffed for a loss of 4.

And the big two-point conversion try by North Side at the end, hurt by a penalty but blown up with a Luers blitz that forced Jackson to throw wildly into the end zone.

Yes, the Knights have had their offensive struggles with inconsistency at quarterback, but they are allowing just more than 11 points per game this season. No Class 2A team will be able to put as much speed, talent and athleticism on the field as the Knights can.

Bishop Luers continuously bottled up North Side's Jackson. The sideline-to-sideline speed of the Knights' linebackers limited the outside runs that the Redskins have been so successful with this season.

Running up the middle was not much better, with Anthony Linnear fighting for every yard between the hash marks.

The Knights will not bring home another SAC championship, but anyone counting them out in the 2A playoffs has not seen Bishop Luers play, and dominate, on the defensive side of the ball.- Evidently, no one told Columbia City that the season goes at least 10 weeks. Wow, what a beatdown East Noble gave the Eagles. Columbia City was a bit of a sleeper pick to win the NHC this year; now it sits at 3-4 on the season. Not a good season for the Eagles after the preseason optimism.

- Snider pulled one out after slugging through early struggles against Elkhart Central. Some Panthers fans may worry, but the letdown could be expected with this game sandwiched in between games with North Side and Bishop Dwenger. Snider will be fine as it prepares for the 5A playoffs.

- Churubusco played some real competition and did not perform. Is there really any other argument than that?

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