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 Dusty Asberry Returns Fumble 28 Yards Sparking JV Over Lincoln 20-14


August 29, 2007 - Knightstown’s junior varsity football team overcame three lost fumbles with some clutch defensive play in the fourth quarter, and held on to defeat Cambridge City Lincoln 20-14 Monday night.

The Panthers had bolted to a 14-0 first quarter lead, and increased that to 20-8 in the third quarter when freshman Dusty Asberry recovered a fumble and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.

But Lincoln, unable to move the ball on offense most of the game, resorted to a trick play to get the job done. The Golden Eagles threw a screen pass to the left, and the receiver caught the ball and then threw a long bomb to running back Kyler West, who was wide open. He took the ball 61 yards for a touchdown that cut the Knightstown lead to 20-14 with 8:31 to play in the game.

After dominating on both sides most of the way, Knightstown found itself in a battle. Facing a 2nd-and-14 from their own 19-yard line, the Panthers received a pick-me-up from freshman Ronnie Lawrence. He juked several defenders on a nifty 28-yard run to the 47, but the Panthers were forced to punt the ball with five minutes to play.

The kick by freshman Jacob Tompkins pinned the Golden Eagles back at their 19, but West, who was a Panther nemesis all night, picked up 21 yards on the ground to bring the ball to the 40 nearing the three-minute mark.

A quick passing play gave the Golden Eagles another first down at the Panther 49 with 2:11 showing on the clock, but that’s when Knightstown closed the door.

West took a quick screen pass and was immediately drilled by Drew Martin and Wes Hammer, forcing a 3rd-and-11. Then Cody Overbay provided a clutch sack by nailing Lincoln quarterback Cameron Sweetwood back at the 43, forcing a 4th-and 17.

An incomplete pass turned the ball over on downs and secured the victory for the Panther junior varsity.

Knightstown struck first blood by scoring on the first possession of the night. That 65-yard drive included hard running up the middle by sophomore Zach Sanders, and an 18-yard gallop by Zach Smith. Smith scored on a 13-yard run to put the Panthers up 6-0.

Knightstown held Lincoln on its first possession after good defensive plays by Asberry, Cory Cox, Lawrence and Alex Compton.

The Panthers put together another scoring drive on their second possession. Sanders had an 11-yard run, and quarterback Nolan Hall eluded several tacklers on a nice 26-yard run to the Lincoln 13. Two plays later, Tompkins took the ball in from the one for another touchdown. Hall then passed to wideout Colin Kennedy, who ran a fly pattern to the corner, for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.

Lincoln moved into great field position on a broken play that resulted in a 25-yard gain on its next possession. A great open-field tackle by Lucas Hochstedler on a sweep caused a 12-yard loss. But the Golden Eagles went to the air and scored with 33 seconds to play in the half to cut the margin to 14-8. Knightstown ended the half with Hall completing a 35-yard pass to Lawrence at the Lincoln 15-yard line as the clock ran out.

On the Golden Eagles’ first possession of the third quarter, the Panther defense provided the big play that turned the game around, albeit temporarily. Knightstown forced a 3rd-and-7 passing situation, and several players converged on the quarterback for a gang sack. The ball popped loose, and Dusty Asberry picked it up at the 28.

He barreled those 28 yards untouched for paydirt and a 20-8 lead, which the Panthers, despite three fumbles, would not relinquish.

Knightstown’s JV will be in action again next Tuesday at North Decatur for a 6 p.m. kickoff.




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