Sonic Player-of-the-Game (Oct. 30) – Willie McKnight (Gainesville)

Sonic-logoOur Sonic-Player-of-the-Game for Monday, October 30, is Willie (Missile) McKnight of the Gainesville football team.

McKnight helped lead the Hurricanes to a 41-0 win over Lake Weir (Candler) on Monday night at Citizens Field, rushing for 108 yards and the first three touchdowns of the game for Gainesville.

The senior put the Purple Hurricanes on the board with a 3-yard run one play after Lake Weir’s punter hit the knee after catching the snap.

His second TD came midway through the second quarter when he ran around right edge and into the end zone for a 49-yard score and a 13-0 lead.

McKnight’s third score from 2 yards out later in the second quarter extended the Gainesville lead to 21-0. He actually had a fourth touchdown called back due to holding in the final minute of the first half.Willie McKnight GHS 103017

The ‘Canes led 28-0 at halftime and scored early in the 3rd quarter to make it 35-0 as the last quarter and a half was played with a running clock.

Gainesville improves to 7-2 overall and finishes District 5-6A play at 4-1. Lake Weir falls to 4-5, 2-3.

The Purple Hurricanes have one regular season remaining and will try to win the mythical city championship this Friday against rival Eastside (Gainesville) at Citizens Field. You can hear the game “live” Friday on 92.1 FM and 1230 AM in Gainesville, as well as audio online at The Prep Zone, beginning with our pregame coverage at 7 p.m.

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.