However, St. Francis quarterback Joey Roche used an air attack to earn a 28-14 victory over the Wolfpack.
“We were beaten by a sound team tonight,” Whitefield coach Jimmy Fields said. “Our kids fought hard and tried to creep back into it. We’ll make adjustments as a team, go back to work and get batter. It’s a long year.”
St. Francis (2-2) opened the scoring with a 12-play, 78-yard drive ending with a 1-yard dive up the middle by Sam Franke to give the Knights an early 7-0 advantage.
Whitefield (1-2) responded with touchdown on a 1-yard run by Lawrence Waters with 2:37 left in the first quarter to tie the score.
The Knights’ biggest offensive play of the game came on an 82-yard touchdown pass from Roche to Nathan Waller, who fought off a defender and made a juggling catch before racing to the end zone to give St. Francis a 14-7 lead.
Whitefield caused a turnover in the second quarter when Roche fumbled the ball into the end zone on a quarterback sneak. Lawrence Waters recovered the ball for the Wolfpack on the 7.
Whitefield’s possession stalled, and it resulted in St. Francis being able to take a 21-7 lead into halftime after a 15-yard touchdown pass from Roche to Waller with 9 seconds left in the second quarter.
Whitefield cut the Knights’ lead in half in the third quarter following an interception by Waters. The Wolfpack made the score 21-14 on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Everett Pollard with 1:15 left in the third quarter.
The touchdown drive included a crucial conversion for Whitefield on fourth-and-4 from the Knights’ 8-yard line on a 7-yard catch by Sky Dupree.
St. Francis secured the victory with a 1-yard touchdown run by Derrick Robinson late in the fourth quarter.
Pollard finished with 93 yards passing and 32 yards on the ground for the Wolfpack, while Matthew Olsen had a team-high 31 yards receiving.
Waters finished with an interception, a fumble recovery, multiple tackles for loss and 17 yards rushing with a touchdown.