By Victor Milani

The scene was perfect for the Nordonia Knights to open the season at home against the Bedford Bearcats.  The fall like temperatures, and two new white stallions adorning the entrances to Boliantz  Stadium, made this anticipated rivalry even more appealing. The appeal wore off soon as Bedford trounced Nordonia 48-10, behind running back Kenneth Wilkin five touchdowns. Scoring four rushing touchdowns, and one on defense returning an interception, Wilkins was a one man band. The game was marred by a total of 21 penalties totaling 168 yards for both teams, which made the thrashing seem to take even longer. The Knights were down 8-3 going late in the first quarter, and Bedford led 28-10 at halftime. For Nordonia, quarterback Robbie Levak was 10-21 passing and one touchdown.  He also added 28 yards rushing on 11 carries. Receiver Julius Jones had three receptions for 82 yards, On defense, Michael Dudich had two sacks.  The 48 points allowed was similar to the defensive issues the Knights had last season with their porous defense. Coming into the game the Plain Dealer had Bedford ranked #20, with the Knights at #21. The Knights (0-1) play host to Woodridge next Friday night with at 7:00pm kickoff. Woodridge will be another tough opponent for the Knights.  

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Photos by Victor Milani