“These are tough ones,” Plotner said. “As a coach, I hate to say it, but you would rather get put down by 21 or 28 points and you know there’s no doubt — and I don’t think Dale (Schuring) or I had any delusions that it was not going to be anything like this. We thought it was going to be a very nip-and-tuck game, which it was. It’s difficult to be on the losing side of it.”
Taylor finished with a game-high 152 rushing yards, and unofficially 921 for the season. Despite the three interceptions, Hughes completed seven passes for 84 yards and unofficially finished the season with 993 passing yards.
This season marked the eighth time since 2004 that the Storm won at least eight games, and they were hoping to make it the fifth in that span with nine or more wins.
But the loss also marked the fourth time in the last five seasons an otherwise successful season ended in the first round of the playoffs.
“At the beginning of the season you always set your goals high,” Taylor said. “The first goal was to make the playoffs, then the next goal after that was to win in the playoffs. We just couldn’t do it.”
The Knights advance to the second round to take on top-ranked Maroa-Forsyth.