Brad Ratliff, Baron Magee Won for Netters in 1982
The Knightstown Panthers lost in a rain-soaked battle to Eastern Hancock last weekend, 14-9. Turnovers killed the Panthers as they fumbled the ball away several times during the downpour. The storm hit the hardest at halftime, causing the second half to be delayed by more than 70 minutes because of lightning.
Greg Hochstedler hit Brian Jones with a short touchdown pass, and Jones added the extra point that put the Panthers ahead 7-6. After a goal line stand by the Panthers, they then promptly fumbled the ball away on a pitch-out, and the Royals recovered in the end zone to score the go-ahead points. Jacob Smith led the Panthers with 98 rushing yards, while Ron Hammer caught a 30-yard pass from Hochstedler in the game.
Knightstown’s varsity volleyball team fell to 9-6 on the season after losing at New Castle last week. Coach Becky Freeman’s team got outstanding performances from Kelly Phelps, Suzanne Foster, Jolinda Coon and Kristin Willard in the loss. The girls are still unbeaten in Big Blue River Conference play.
Kelly Clark scored nine straight service points to propel the junior varsity volleyball team to an easy win over New Palestine. Diane Henry had eight service points. The JV is now 7-1 on the season.
Knightstown’s varsity tennis team won its first match in more than two years, defeating Eastern Hancock 3-2 Monday. Brad Ratliff came from behind to defeat Kyle Barrentine 5-7, 6-4 and 6-3 in number one singles. Baron Magee won at the number two singles spot 6-3, 6-0, and Jeff Brummett crushed Royal Andy Anderson 6-0 and 6-0 in number three singles. Jeff Clark and Roger Roberts lost at number one doubles, while Royals Mike Biehl and Jeff Vickers defeated Bill Brooks and Andreas Mack in number two doubles.
Knightstown’s eighth grade football team lost to Doe Creek 14-8, becoming the first team to score a touchdown against the winners in two years. Kyle Kinnaman recovered a fumble and Greg Howard intercepted a pass for the Panthers.
More than 60 runners took place in the Carthage Fall Festival 10K race last week, a record turnout. Area runners in the race included Tom Rogers, Bob Elliott, David Hulse, Ross McMahan, Robert Neal, Jeffrey Moore, Mark Hager, Bob Coleman and Jack Avery. Hulse placed 12th in the 35-39 age group, while Coleman was sixth in the 40-49 age group. Elliott’s run was the second-best time for men in the 50-59 age group.
Knightstown’s junior varsity football team crushed Centerville 28-6 to improve to 3-1 on the season. Joe Peggs averaged 8.5 yards per carry after rushing for 146 yards on just 17 attempts. Bruce Willard passed for 86 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown strike to Mike Wade. Brett Muncy ran for two, two-point conversions, and Willard threw to Jim Wolski for another two-point try. Andy Moore had 12 solo tackles and eight assists to lead the defensive effort.
All eyes in Central Indiana will be on the showdown this weekend between Knightstown and Eastern Hancock’s varsity football teams. Both teams are unbeaten after the Panthers crushed previously undefeated New Palestine 34-15. The Royals shut down Mt. Vernon 14-7, setting the stage for this weekend’s showdown. The Royals are ranked second in the state, and the Panthers are ranked number five.
Knightstown wrecked havoc on New Palestine’s vaunted passing attack by intercepting six passes. Speedsters Steve Mackey and Brett Posey both had two interceptions, bring each to four on the season. Workhorse Andy Johnson rushed for 147 yards, and Art Rose ran for 152 yards and scored 28 points. That gives him 70 points in just four games this season, which is tops in the entire state. Rose now has 617 rushing yards on 65 carries. Defensive superstar Mike Lewis accounted for 20 tackles in the game.
In four games the Panthers have outscored their opponents 128-36, while Eastern Hancock has scored 94 points and allowed just 17. It is the first time in Big Blue River Conference history two teams have been ranked in the top five at the same time.
Rob Williams, Kirk McCord, Bill Wasson, Greg Hahn and Randy Hooker, all defensive standouts who have been nursing injuries, will be ready for the Eastern Hancock game, Coach Don Willard said.
Wes Hooker, Ivan Horne and Jeff Stearns all scored touchdowns for the Knightstown junior varsity football team in a 32-12 victory over Rushville. The win kept the JV unbeaten this season.
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