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Wes-Del Offers Up Another Challenge for Panthers
August 29, 2007 - Knightstown’s varsity football team will travel to Wes-Del Friday night for its first White River Athletic Conference game of the 2007 season. This season, just two games old, has been a confusing one from the onset.
Wes-Del is 2-0 and the only team in the WRAC that is undefeated. They have defeated Union City 29-26 and Cambridge City Lincoln 20-6 (both teams are 0-2 this year). The Warriors have not started a season 2-0 since 2001, and they have not had a winning season in over 15 years. This year they could challenge that losing season streak if they continue to play at their current level.
Senior running back Brandon Fluhr scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the victory over Cambridge City. The Warrior defense shut out the Eagles in the second half.
Fluhr could be the most dangerous runner the Panthers have faced this season.
Friday night he rushed for 131 yards and had two touchdown runs of 34 and 10 yards. In the season opener against Union City, Fluhr rushed for 187 yards, giving him 318 yards in just two games. Wes-Del quarterback Brandon McGuire had a 14-yard touchdown run Friday night.
Defensively, senior Justin Vance stands out for the Warriors. In the second quarter of Friday night’s game, he tackled Cambridge City running back Brett Singer for losses of eight and seven yards on consecutive plays. Travis Lee is also a veteran defender, and cornerback Brandyn Lemons is a threat to intercept a pass at any time.
Brock Fluhr, the brother of Brandon, is also a threat out of the backfield. The Warriors have put 49 points on the board in two games, compared to just 13 for Knightstown.
“They are 2-0 and that hasn’t happened a lot at Wes-Del,” said Panther Coach Bob Prescott, who coached the Warriors early in his career. “I’m sure they will have a bunch of confidence and I’m sure somebody will mention that I am coming back. I have no ill will, but I’m sure that will be a motivator.”
Prescott briefly coached the Warriors before moving on in 2001. This will mark his first game coaching against Wes-Del on their field. Knightstown won last year’s battle 21-7.
But right now, the Panther coaching staff is looking at an offense that hasn’t put any points on the board since Trey McColley and Joe Haase went down with injuries. The Panthers haven’t scored in six quarters.
“We had tried to simplify the offense against Hagerstown because we were using backup players,” Prescott said. “We’ve now got to look at that because it didn’t work.”
Haase has said he intends to play Friday night, although Monday night he backed off of that prediction somewhat after experiencing considerable pain during workouts.
“Joe said he wants to play,” Prescott said. “But until he can get out there and prove he’s close to 100 percent, we’re not going to risk his ankle.
“Things changed quite a bit with those injuries because a blocker can make a mistake and Trey would just run over someone to make up for it. Joe would turn a broken play into a long gain. I think this offense is capable of being effective even with those guys out, but we’re going to have to do a better job with some of the other things to make that happen.”
Wes-Del has some considerable size up front and returns seven seniors with playing experience. Averaging nearly 25 points per game, the Warriors can be explosive offensively.
“We aren’t panicking or anything like that,” Prescott said. “The wheels aren’t falling off. We’re going to work on correcting things and finding some other formula that works.”
Kickoff at Wes-Del is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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