By Grace Baldino, Executive Broadcast Editor
The first six possessions for the Knights in the last regular season game resulted in the first six touchdowns of the night. Gary Moeller kicked off the scoring when he threw a touchdown pass within 22 seconds of the kickoff. Junior Noah Marx followed up with his first of two touchdowns from 53 yards out and junior Luke Zardzin added a two point conversion to bring the Knights lead to 15-0 with 7:06 left in the first quarter.
With 3:48 left in the first quarter, Moeller connected with senior Brian Doherty to give the Knights a 22-0 lead.
Both Zardzin and Marx added 30-yard touchdown runs to bring the Knights lead to 36-0 with 7:35 left in the first half.
Senior Ryan Traviola caught an interception in the Wheeling end zone that set up a drive and a touchdown pass from Moeller to junior Tyson Splinter for 18-yards. The Knights went into halftime with a 43-0 lead.
Wheeling attempted a comeback in the second half as junior Paul Ufir scored from 3-yards to give Wheeling their first touchdown of the night.
Backup quarterback Brandon Roman added to the Wildcats’ score with a touchdown run with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter.
The Knights rounded out the night with a 40-yard scoring drive capped off by a touchdown pass from sophomore Frank Covey to sophomore Owen Walter.
“[The seniors] have shown great leadership not just during the season but also during the off-season where much of our success is coming from,” head coach Dan DeBouef said.
The Prospect offense racked up a total of 498 yards; Zardzin contributed 160 yards, Marx had 83 yards, and Moeller added 176 yards.
The team also broke the school record for points-per-game in a season, averaging 39.6 points.
The 14th seeded Knights will host their first home playoff game since 2012 this Friday November 1 when they face 19th seeded DeKalb (6-3).