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 Panthers Will Scrimmage Union County Friday

August 8, 2007 - Knightstown Panther football fans can get their first look at the 2007 edition of KHS football this Friday night when the team plays a scrimmage against the Union County Patriots.

Coach Bob Prescott’s team returns a considerable amount of talent from last year’s sectional runner-up, which won three of its last four games in 2006. The team will feature quarterback Joe Haase and running back Trey McColley, two seniors who were offensive stars on last year’s team. A slew of underclassmen are expected to challenge the many veterans returning from last year for playing time.

Admission for the scrimmage will be $2. A portion of that revenue will be used to pay for the game officials, and the remainder of the proceeds will be donated to the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame. The scrimmage will start at 7 p.m.

Scrimmages are run differently than regular season games. During a scrimmage, the head coach and up to one assistant may be on the field with the team during the huddle. Additionally, individual athletes may not be on the field for more than 15 consecutive plays, and cannot participate in more than 48 total plays. Fake punts and two-point conversions are not allowed, and punt returns are not permitted. Although the game is not an official contest, scrimmages can give fans a little bit on an idea on where there team is when it comes to particular aspects, such as team speed and conditioning. Those should be two areas of strength for the Panthers this season.

Prescott said, so far, the Panthers have not experienced any injuries of significance this summer. The team has been working hard through two-a-day practices, despite the soaring temperatures. Frequent water breaks have become the norm, and Prescott has been working the players in just helmets and shoulder pads during the hottest periods of the day.

The two-a-day practices will continue this week, and will end with the scrimmage against the Patriots. Knightstown’s season opener is August 17 against Sectional 29 foe Centerville.

A preview of the players and the team’s outlook will appear in next week’s edition of The Banner.



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