With three games on the road in the first four weeks of the term, the Prairie Fire knew the first month of the season would be an uphill battle. Losing, however, was not in their plans.
Despite doing a lot of things right against Beloit, the Prairie Fire fell 42-7 to the Buccaneers. Sophomore Kyle Brubaker was the star of the game, recording eight tackles and intercepting two passes. Junior Elliot Madison recorded two sacks as well to lead the Prairie Fire defense.
The loss plunged the Prairie Fire to a record of 0-4. The Buccaneers quadrupled the Prairie Fire in total yards, and almost tripled them in first downs.
In the week leading up to the game, head coach Chad Eisele voiced his concerns about the Buccaneers’ experience overwhelming the Prairie Fire. But it was sophomore quarterback Dillon Hess who did most of the damage.
Hess rushed for three touchdowns and threw for one more in the lopsided win. He started the scoring with a four-yard sprint in the first quarter, followed soon after with an eight-yard pass to wide receiver Andrew Christensen to widen the gap to two touchdowns.
Beloit then capped off a seven play, 57-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run by Raymond Thomas. The Buccaneers took a three-touchdown lead to the locker room at halftime.
After a tro of Buccaneer touchdowns put the Prairie Fire down 42-0 late in the fourth quarter, the offense finally responded when freshman Zach Belk caught a 65-yard pass from fellow freshman Drew Diaz.
Though Diaz did not start in the game against the Buccaneers, six freshmen did. Knox hopes that, despite their 0-4 record, the team’s underclassmen can benefit from the experience.
The schedule does not get any easier in the next two weeks, despite consecutive home games. On Oct. 2, the Prairie Fire will welcome the Ripon College Redhawks (4-0) to the Knosher Bowl. The Redhawks are now in sole possession of first place in the Midwest Conference, after defeating previously unbeaten Carroll University by a score of 27-24. Last season, Ripon defeated the Prairie Fire 47-0