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K-town 8th Grade Football Team Crushes Hagerstown 40-16
October 3, 2007 - After falling behind early 6-0, Knightstown’s eighth grade football team got three touchdowns from Andre Loveall and crushed Hagerstown last Monday 40-16.
The Tigers came out throwing early in the game and had a long passing play that set up an early touchdown. They took a quick 8-0, but Knightstown dominated the game from that point on.
“After that passing play our defensive backs played great coverage and didn’t allow another completion for the game,” Panther Coach Joe Patton said. The play of defensive backs Nich Probst, Matt Newell, Andre Loveall and Zach Cleek shut down the Tiger passing game the rest of the way.
Patton also made some offensive adjustments, moving quarterback Will Milton to fullback and Bobby Wyatt to quarterback. Those moves paid dividends as Milton ran for two touchdowns, including jaunts of 22- and 65-yards.
Wyatt ran a two-point conversion and had 45 yards rushing in the half, enabling the Panthers to reverse the fortunes and take a 14-8 lead into the intermission.
In the second half Knightstown’s defensive line and linebackers put pressure on the Tiger quarterback and recorded several sacks.
Andre Loveall had touchdown runs of 65 and 45 yards, and a scoring reception from Wyatt of 20 yards. Matt Newell ran for 40 yards in the half, including a 15-yard touchdown run. Wyatt hit Milton for a two-point conversion.
Our offensive line played very well in the second half,” Patton said. “We rushed for 193 yards.”
Knightstown’s defense led by Milton, who registered nine tackles. Kyle Beavers had five tackles and a fumble recovery.
The Panthers piled up the rushing yards, with Loveall garnering 115 and two of his scores on the ground. Milton also went over the century mark with 103 yards on the ground, while Wyatt had 70 and Newell 50.
Wyatt connected on 3-of-5 passes for 45 yards.
“I was very pleased with our defensive effort following Hagerstown’s opening score,” Patton said. “We pressured the quarterback and the defensive backs played very well.
“At halftime we talked about coming out and taking it to Hagerstown on the first series, and to not let down on our intensity. That’s exactly what the team did. And again, we had several seventh graders step up and play some very good football.”
The Panther eighth grade team saw one drive stall at the Centerville two-yard line and had a 90-yard kickoff return by Andre Loveall called back on a penalty. Those mistakes, combined with the fact they were facing a very talented Bulldog team, led to a 36-0 loss last Thursday.
Quarterback Will Milton also left the game with a rib injury in the second quarter.
Knightstown’s defense was led by Nick Probst, who had four tackles. Kyle Beaver and Tom Masters had three tackles each, while Loveall had an interception.
Zach St. John had 14 yards rushing and a 20-yard passing reception. Milton rushed for 30 yards and Beaver ran for 23.
“We ran into a very good football team,” Patton said “They were big and quick. When Milton went down it really hurt us, but I thought the team came out and played with more intensity in the second half.
“With only seven eighth graders finishing the game, we had several seventh graders step up and gain some valuable experience.”
The loss dropped the Panther record to 3-3 on the season.
The eighth graders host Triton Central Thursday and finish their season Oct. 11 with a home game against Tri High.
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