PUMPKIN CENTER — Things went North Lincoln’s way, briefly, in the Knights’ 42-18 loss to the Bandys Trojans on Friday.
Senior running back David Spinner blasted through the Bandys defensive line less than two minutes into the first quarter for a 58-yard scoring run to give North Lincoln a 6-0 lead.
That was where the Knights’ luck ran out.
Bandys quarterback Anthony Toscano threw an interception, picked off by North Lincoln’s Zoanntarrious Brunt, three plays in the Trojans’ first possession, but the Knights promptly fumbled the ball on the Bandys 36-yard line on the first play of the ensuing drive. The Trojans marched 54 yards on eight plays before Toscano connected with wide receiver Zach Huffstetler on a 5-yard pass with a Travis Kiser extra point to give the Trojans a 7-6 lead.
Bandys scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, two on passes by Toscano and one on a 56-yard run by running back Hunter Lackey on a fake punt, before the Knights were able to score again.
The Knights cut the Bandys lead to 28-12 after an interception by senior North Lincoln linebacker Daniel Chase led to a 10-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Devan Cox to junior tight end Taylor Woodby.
Toscano connected with Lackey on a 26-yard touchdown pass to give the Trojans a 35-12 lead before North Lincoln’s Adam Hagar intercepted a pass and returned it 57 yards for North Lincoln’s final touchdown.
The Knights lost three of their five fumbles. Bandys came out of the game with no fumbles, but was intercepted four times. Toscano passed for 205 yards on 11 completed passes.
North Lincoln used seven ball carriers during the game. Spinner led the Knight offense with 10 carries for 77 yards, followed by Jamario Thompson’s 21 yards on two carries. Cox completed three of his eight pass attempts for 63 yards. Toscano was sacked once, by senior North Lincoln linebacker Paul Regan. Brunt, Hagar, Zach Leary and Chase all intercepted Bandys passes.