Lake Forest quarterback Pete Scaffidi is a talented athlete. On Saturday, the Lake Forest sophomore showed just how gifted he is. Scaffidi not only threw for 126 yards and three touchdowns, but ran for another 102 yards on only 12 attempts on his way to a 35-6 victory at Lake Forest College.
Last year, Knox beat the Foresters in a close contest, 14-6. It appeared that this year’s game would follow a similar path. The Prairie Fire defense stopped the Foresters on their first two possessions, the second stop coming off an interception by senior cornerback Lucas Motta. This would be Lake Forest’s only turnover of the afternoon.
The Knox offense could not capitalize and was unable to get a first down during the first quarter. The short drives made it harder on the defense to remain strong, and with 1:41 left until the second quarter, receiver Kevin Davis snagged a 14-yard pass to put Lake Forest on top by a score of 6-0.
This would be the start of a very big day for Davis and the entire Forester offense. On all four of their second quarter possessions, the Foresters came away with points. Two field goals and two long touchdown receptions, both to Davis (42 yards, 40 yards), made the score 26-0 heading into halftime.
Maintaining the momentum, Lake Forest sealed the deal by scoring on their very first offensive play of the second half, a 34-yard strike from Scaffidi to Austin Sobey.
Despite the lack of scoring, the Prairie Fire offense was not unproductive. Knox amassed 124 yards rushing and 107 passing. Two untimely turnovers, an interception and a fumble, stopped promising drives, and the shut out would have stood had it not been for an impressive 12 play, 65 yard series. Senior running back Dan Kizior put his team on the board with 12:19 to play, rumbling into the end zone from the one-yard line.
Next week, Monmouth College comes to the Knosher Bowl. The game marks the 122nd meeting between the two schools, with the Bronze Turkey at stake. It will be the final game of the season for both teams.