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Traditional Rival Hagerstown Visits Friday
August 27, 2008 - Over the years, the Knightstown Panthers and Hagerstown Tigers have taken turns beating up one another, ruining each other’s seasons, and pretty much adding to a storied rivalry that dates back more than 30 football seasons.
The teams have played in blowouts (Hagerstown won 35-0 last year, Knightstown won 35-14 and 72-7 the previous two years), as well as in some of the most competitive games in each other’s history. The best game occurred in 1997, when the Panthers went unbeaten on their way to the state championship game. The only time the team was tested during the regular season was by the Tigers, who put up a fight, but fell 14-6. That was the only setback Hagerstown suffered before losing in the regional.
Traditionally, the Knightstown-Hagerstown rivalry has been one of the most balanced on the Panther schedule. The two teams have split the last four meetings and over the past 15 years, Knightstown holds an 8-7 advantage, including two blowout wins in 2005 (72-7 and 56-0), which was the second time the Panthers ended up playing for a state title.
Quarterback Matt Golliher, who threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Matt Thompson in last week’s game, leads Hagerstown. The Tigers lost the game to ninth-ranked Clinton Central, 31-14, although they trailed just 19-14 in the third quarter. Joe Golliher is one of their top running backs, and he scored on a one-yard run for the other Tiger points.
Chase Patton and Lex Bartlett are two of the top Hagerstown defensive players, and the Tigers, like Knightstown, have seven players who start on both offense and defense.
Coach Bob Prescott said the Panthers and Tigers have a lot more in common than his team did against Centerville. The Tigers will use multiple two-way players and are not quite as big as the Bulldogs. But they are, nonetheless, still bigger up front than the Panthers.
“I think they played Clinton Central a lot better of a game than most people expected them to,” Prescott said of Hagerstown. The Bulldogs are ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press Class A poll.
“We are going to be undersized again in this game, but we should have learned from the Centerville game that we have the ability to overcome that. Once we start executing better we’re going to solve a lot of our problems.”
2007 - Hagerstown 35, Knightstown 0
2006 - Knightstown 35, Hagerstown 14
2005 - Knightstown 56, Hagerstown 0
2005 - Knightstown 72, Hagerstown 7
2004 - Knightstown 22, Hagerstown 8
2003 - Hagerstown 8, Knightstown 6
2002 - Knightstown 27, Hagerstown 14
2001 - Knightstown 27, Hagerstown 21
2000 - Hagerstown 14, Knightstown 0
1999 - Hagerstown 19, Knightstown 6
1998 - Hagerstown 33, Knightstown 8
1997 - Knightstown 14, Hagerstown 6
1996 - Knightstown 20, Hagerstown 12
1995 - Knightstown 34, Hagerstown 0
1994 - Hagerstown 28, Knightstown 20
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