Meet the new Knights, same as the old Knights.

Vanguard mauled Countryside 49-7 on Thursday night in a four-quarter varsity classic at Booster Stadium.

"We had a great spring," Knights coach Edwin Farmer said. "We put in a lot of things and got to see a lot of young kids step in and play.

"I am very pleased."

The Knights led 42-0 at halftime, as they rushed for 265 yards on 23 carries.

About the only thing that went wrong for Vanguard was a lost fumble on the first snap of the game.

From there, Trevonte Rucker rushed for two touchdowns at quarterback for the Knights in the opening quarter, while Malik Pertee forced a fumble and Jordan Monroe took it back 31 yards for a 21-0 lead.

"Our guys were excited about this game," Farmer said "We got this game about a week before spring practice and it was big for us.

"You have to have a spring game to get your kids ready."

Rucker rushed for 74 yards, passed for 59 and caught a pass for 25 yards.

Tevin Williams was leading ball carrier for the Knights with 147 yards on 13 carries.

In the second quarter, Williams scored two touchdowns and Jamari Thomas-Lewis went 59 yards on a scoring run.

By halftime, Vanguard held a 349-71 edge in total offense.

Countryside would drive down to the two-yard line on its opening drive of the second half, but the Knights came up with a goal-line stand.

The Knights would close out their scoring on a 24-yard pass from Christian Chisholm to Jelonte Dewese.

For the game, Vanguard ended with 344 yards rushing on 35 carries and totaled 470 yards of offense.

Countryside ended with 233 yards, but most came against the Knights' reserves.

Leonard Manuel had an interception, pass breakup and a catch for 44 yards in the rout for Vanguard, who will try to take a step beyond the regional final round advanced to over the past two seasons.

"This was a good start," Farmer said "But we've got a lot of work to do."