An initial change in momentum set the tone Saturday night at TCO Stadium.
A 108-yard fake punt for Harding/Humboldt was negated by a penalty. On his first play from scrimmage, Two Rivers running back Ramzi Risolve scored untouched from 19 yards out.
The rout was underway.
Risolve finished with 144 rushing yards and three scores – all in the first half, Drew Altavilla threw for two scores and ran for one and Two Rivers beat the Knighthawks 49-8 in a penalty-filled affair that lasted almost three hours, including running time.
Nate Chea caught a touchdown pass and threw an interception for Harding/Humboldt (0-3), which showed flashes of offensive success but was negated by turnovers, snaps or fumble handoffs, and the defensive line of Two Rivers wider and faster.
A 60-yard touchdown run for Ai’jhon Douglas early in the fourth quarter was nullified due to a penalty.
It wasn’t his only score that wasn’t.
The Knighthawks’ first offensive play went past their quarterback for a 12-yard loss. Three plays later, on fourth down, Douglas, also the team’s punter, received the ball in the back of his own end zone, took a few steps to the right, turned upfield, cut left around the 25 and outran a crowd of Warriors defenders the rest of the way. area.
But an illegal training penalty wiped out the excitement.
Two Rivers (2-1) took over at the Harding/Humboldt 19, where, on the Warriors’ first touch, Risolve quickly crossed the line, cut right, collected blocks from Riley Pearce and Adam Suchy and rushed to the corner for an 8-0 lead.
A fourth-down 30-yard pass from Altavilla to Suchy gave the Warrior quarterback a 1-yard scamper late in the first quarter for a 15-0 lead.
Outscored 121-21 this season, the struggling Knighthawks had eight first downs, half of them on a fourth-quarter drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Nayo Chea to Nate Chea.
A 39-yard run by Risolve set up his 2-yard score midway through the second quarter, and after Nate Rohrer’s interception, Risolve, who played primarily in the slot last season, broke a tackle on a 17-yard run in less than a minute. later for a 28-0 halftime lead.
The Warriors added three scores in the third quarter: Suchy on a 20-yard reception, Johnny Laugerman on a 33-yard catch and a 6-yard run by Mason Krupenny.