Sonic Player-of-the-Game (Oct. 5) – Willie McKnight (Gainesville)
Our Sonic Player-of-the-game for Thursday, October 5, is Willie McKnight of the Gainesville football team.
The senior scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help rally the Hurricanes past rival Buchholz, 31-21, at Citizen’s Field. It was the second consecutive win in the series for GHS, which has also won seven of the last nine against the Bobcats.
Down 21-17 in the fourth quarter, McKnight scored on a 4-yard TD run to give Gainesville (4-1) a 24-21 lead.
He scored the game-clinching 27-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-3 with 4:54 remaining as the Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row following a season-opening loss at Columbia (Lake City).
McKnight finished with a team-high 11 carries for 57 yards for an average of 5.2 yards per carry.
Gainesville will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 13, against Vanguard (Ocala) in a battle for first place in Class 6A-District 5. The game will be broadcast on Florida Sports Talk Radio in Gainesville (92.1 FM & 1230 AM) and Ocala (100.1 FM & 900 AM).
Every game The Prep Zone will recognize a Sonic Player-of-the-Game. The recipient receives a $10 gift card & certificate courtesy of Sonic Drive-In of Gainesville & Ocala.