Black Knights Fall in Playoffs

Running backs Morris Ray and Keenan Westerby ran for three touchdowns a piece Friday as the Perry Street Prep Pride ran their way to a 50-20 victory over the Avalon Black Knights in the semifinals of the Capital Area Football Conference playoffs..

Ray, a sophomore, carried the ball 12 times for 272 yards and three scores. His longest run was a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“He’s fast as hell,” said Avalon coach Tad Shields after the game. “ We came out a little flat and they put it to us.”

Junior Keenan Westry, the leading rusher for the Pride over the course of the season ran effectively as well. He carried the ball 18 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Westry now has 1086 rushing yards for the season and 17 touchdowns.

The loss brought the Avalon Black Knights’ season to an end. They finished 5-5 overall and 5-2 in conference.

It also marked the final game for Avalon seniors including quarterback Wyatt Karem and running back Isaac Boyd.

“It was a great season and it was a really fun year,” said Karem. “I wish we could have done more, but I love everyone on this team and I know they’ll all do something great when they leave.”

Karem, Avalon’s all-time passing leader, threw an 11 yard touchdown in the forth quarter as receiver Michael Herbert made a tremendous play reaching over a Pride defender for the catch.

Boyd, who made it to the top of the list in the all-met nominee watch, finished the game with 145 yards and a touchdown. He tallied over 1,600 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns on the season.

The Pride will play the Riverdale Baptist Crusaders next Friday for the CAFC championship.


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