By Vianet Lopez
Sports Reporter, Hanks Knights

The momentum favored the Knights.  One good drive and the game was theirs.  Leave it up to a call by one of the sideline officials to completely kill the momemtum.

Final score:  Coronado 31, Hanks 19.

The Knights (0-5, 0-3 district) will play their Homecoming game against the Americas Trailblazers on Friday, Sep. 30.  Game time is 7 p.m.

After watching the first four games, one can conclude that the varsity football waits until the second half to play a full game.  This time, they came out ready from the kick off.  The Knights put the first points on the board when Junior Emilio Noriega scored on a quarterback keeper to give the Knights an early 6-0 lead.

The T-Birds scored 17 unanswered points until Noriega hit senior Damon Burkett.  Burkett broke from a tackle and scampered in for a score to cut the lead to 17-13 heading into the fourth.

After T-Bird kicker Edward Mendez missed wide right on a field goal, the Knights began their drive deep in their own territory.  After senior Erick Thomas caught and ran for a first down, one of the Coronado players picked up the ball after the whistle was blown, showed the ball to the sideline official, and the official declared a fumble and turnover on the play.

"The whistle already blew when I let the ball go," Thomas said.

It didn't matter as the turnover killed any momentum Hanks gained in their attempt to win their first game of the year.