Black Knights roll Falcons

By GIB?SNYDER?III

OBSERVER?Sports Reporter

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek boys’ lacrosse team continued to shed any doubts that they had lost a step Saturday, as the Black Knights (12-2) cruised past Niagara-Wheatfield, 16-9, in non-league action.

The Black Knights lost consecutive games last week to Orchard Park and East Aurora, but righted their ship with convincing wins this week over Akron, Lewiston-Porter and the Falcons. One thing that has helped Silver Creek has been the return of its seventh-grade goalie, Chase Scanlan. They’ve also received back-to-back three-goal performances from Frank Thompson.

“I think we’ve been playing better since Chase has been back,” Silver Creek head coach Bill Brennan said. “I think other guys have stepped in. Frank Thompson had three or four goals, so he’s helping out our offense. When you have six offensive players at somewhat of an equal level, it’s always something that’s good offensively.”

Then, of course, there is Zeddie Williams, the Black Knights’ most formidable player. The do-it-all senior scored four goals and added four assists Saturday, but more importantly, he won 17 of 23 draw controls.

“Zeddie controlled the face off,” Brennan said. “And when you control the ball, you have opportunities to score goals. They moved the ball around well, guys cut to the middle and we capitalized.”

Zeddie’s younger brother Sherman added three goals and added a pair of assists in the win while teammate Brennan White chipped in three goals and a pair of assists of his own.

“It’s a ton easier,” Brennan said of winning draw controls. “(Zeddie’s) controlling 75-percent of his face offs and when we can control the ball, we can work our offense and put up a lot of goals.”

The Black Knights have certainly scored at a good clip this week as they beat Akron, 20-15, on Tuesday and Lewiston-Porter, 18-5, Friday, before Saturday’s 16-9 win over Class B’s Niagara-Wheatfield.

“Niagara-Wheatfield is a great lacrosse team,” Brennan said. “And it was nice to see us step up to the competition that we were playing against. The boys did great.”

Frank Wolf, Kaine Kettle (two assists) and Owen Tallchief all added goals for Silver Creek, which will square off against Wilson on Tuesday with a chance to sew up another Class C league title.