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Football Knights fall short against Mountain Vista, 24-20

By Matt Johnson in Sports

What could have been a thrilling victory turned out to be a tough loss, as Fairview lost a heartbreaker to the Mountain Vista Golden Eagles at Shea Stadium, 24-20.

Fairview was fueled by senior defensive end/tight end Max Newey, who led a frenzy of defensive effort with three sacks and caught a pass for a key second-half touchdown.  Senior tailback Ben Meyer also helped the Knights' offense, as he scored in the first half for one of only three Fairview touchdowns and had 130 yards rushing. Michael McVenes threw two touchdowns, the second to wide receiver Cameron Frazier.

Despite the Knights' best efforts, the Golden Eagles were able to control Meyer and quarterback McVenes' passing game enough to eek out the win.  Down 20-17 with under seven minutes left in the game, Mountain Vista scored a touchdown, swinging the momentum back to the home team and the Homecoming Friday crowd.  The Knights had multiple possessions after the score, but could not capitalize.

Fairview's final chance came when they received a punt deep in their own territory with about 33 seconds left in the game.  Down by four points because of a missed extra point earlier in the game, speedy sophomore Anders Hill replaced McVenes at quarterback.  Multiple incompletions and a run by Hill set the stage for one last play with 1.7 seconds left and the Knights needing to travel most of the length of the field.  In this last play, Hill once again threw an incompletion to seal the win for Mountain Vista.

The Knights will play their own Homecoming game next week at Recht Field , taking on Horizon at 7:00 P.M.

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