Playing time was sporadic last week for three of Bishop Luers' stars – Kenny Mullen, Steve Kiermaier and Jaylon Smith, and the Knights only beat Harding on a last-second field goal, 16-14.
On Friday, all three played significant roles in the Class 2A No. 1 Knights' 31-14 win over Wayne.
"Kenny is still not 100 percent, but Steve and Jaylon made a big difference, particularly on our defense," Luers coach Matt Lindsay said. "A big part of football is you have got to have kids who can step in and do the job when you lose a key player, and so far we have done that."
Luers' defense held Wayne in check after gave up only the one score, with the other touchdown coming on a kickoff return to open the game.
The Knights sacked Generals quarterback Jordan Patterson four times and was held to 101 yards passing and 12 yards rushing.
"They didn't throw the ball down the field very much until very, very late," Lindsay said. "We had a nice pass rush, and the defense did a nice job."
Mullen limped off the field at one point, but returned on both sides of the ball. His effectiveness running the ball was noticeably less but he did throw a touchdown pass on a halfback option pass.
"I was a little jealous of it, but it was pretty nice," said Luers quarterback James Knapke, who threw three touchdown passes of his own.