The Sterling Newman Comets scored on their first three possessions of the game, and the Knoxville Blue Bullets never could dent the scoreboard, as the Comets advanced past Knoxville 28-0 in the IHSA Class 2A Quarterfinals Saturday.
It was all Newman’s defense that shut down the vaunted Blue Bullets offense that enabled the Comets to advance. But it was, for such a strong running team, the pass play that caught the Blue Bullets off guard. On the third offensive play of the game, Jacob Ackman threw a 58 yard touchdown pass to Connor McBride to open the scoring. On the next Sterling Newman drive, a 29 yard pass play — this time to Andrew Wilson. But, it was all the Comets needed. They did score on their third possession of the game, then tacked on a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Time of possession was clearly in the favor of Newman, and that’s how they do things — five-time champions and two times runners-up. They do it by ball control and by keeping it away from the other team.
Knoxville finishes a tremendous season at 11-1. It was their seventh consecutive season of making the playoffs.
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