Union, Pospisil’s debut spoiled by Beckman 42-13
September 5, 2019


Football season has arrived for the Union Knights, yet a win wasn't in the cards for Coach Jared Pospisil's first game or for the Knights at Beckman Catholic, falling to the Blazers 42-13.

"We went into this game with a lot of players in spots they hadn't been in before, so we were excited how well they transitioned," Pospisil said. "Our staff was really happy with how well everyone performed. The score didn't fare out our well, but I'm encouraged because they didn't quit."

The Knights would the first to find the endzone in the opening quarter as Brayden Grosse scored on a four-yard run, picking up where the senior left off last season. Beckman would respond at the nine-minute mark of the second quarter with a touchdown before watching Union fire back only minutes later with a five-yard run by Jacob Carey. Marc Mahood's extra point would be blocked by the Blazers, tacking on their own second touchdown to give the home team a 14-13 lead going into halftime.

The second half would see the game pull away for the Knights as injuries and several costly plays piled up and the Blazers scored four touchdowns, including a 97-yard blocked field goal return.

"That blocked field goal for a touchdown let us down and came to bite us," Pospisil said. "We had some guys fill in due to injuries and we hadn't had time to work with everyone. It was all later, but I'm happy with held on."

Despite the loss, Pospisil noted several positives came out of the season's first game, including the running game putting up 271 yards, lead by Grosse with 189 yards. The Knights had 75 years on six receptions, lead by Mahood with a catch for 23 yards.

"We were dog-tired because our depth isn't great and kids are playing both ways," Pospisil said. "Kids stepped up in different spots and played for the team. Our offense did really well to take away. Our O-line made some good holes for Brayden this game."

Junior Brandon Thompkins threw for all six catches and ran for 42 yards in his varsity debut at quarterback.

"I talked with him after the game and told him how happy I was with his decision making," Pospisil said. "This was his first varsity game and he made some mature reads, ran the ball well and showed some toughness. This was a great start for him."

Defensively, the Knights were led by Dacoda Marvets with five total tackles, Seth Wirtz four and a half tackles, Brandon Stech with three and a half, and Cameron Bruess with three tackles. Several injuries accorded during the game.

"We'll have to address our depth issues and come up with solutions," Pospisil said. "We missed some tackles and will address the fundamentals over the next week."

Amongst the play-calling, timeouts and action under the friday night lights, Pospisil took in his first football game as a head coach by the advice of Joe Hadahcek.

"Coach Hadachek messaged me before the game and told me to take this first game in as much as I could," Pospisil said. "It was a beautiful night for football. I'm proud of our team and I know we can build off this loss going forward."

The Knights will return to LPC on Friday, Sept. 6 to host North Fayette Valley.


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