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 Panthers Back on Track with 46-6 Blowout Win

September 10, 2008 - Coach Bob Prescott had a sort of “Clearing the air” meeting with his players last week after the team started the season 0-2 by losing two games they probably should have won.

The players and coaches came together after that meeting, and the Wes-Del Warriors paid a heavy price.

Knightstown exploded for 33 first half points and rolled to an easy 46-6 win over Wes-Del, sending a clear message to the remaining teams on the schedule that these aren’t last year’s Panthers. The victory ended a five-game losing streak stretching back to last season.

After a slow start the team shifted gears and left no doubt what the final outcome would be on this night.

On their first possession the Panthers ran eight plays that resulted in 20 yards gained and a punt. But their next five times with the ball on offense, the team exploded for four touchdowns and needed just eight total plays to put up those 27 points. Just over a minute into the second quarter, for the most part, this game was already over.

While the offense was exploding, the defense was completely shutting down the Warriors. Wes-Del’s offense was taken out of the game from the start. The Warriors ran just two plays, losing three yards, on their first possession. Brice Biehl stopped that drive with an interception and 35-yard return.

The second Wes-Del drive resulted in one play that lost eight yards and ended in a fumble that Panther Danny Ortman recovered. They punted on their next three possessions.

In the meantime, Knightstown’s offense came through this week, pouring on the points. By the time the first half ended, Knightstown had accumulated over 300 yards of offense and had a 33-0 lead.

Knightstown first hit paydirt after the defense set up the touchdown. On Wes-Del’s first play from scrimmage, Travis Titus tackled the ball carrier for a three-yard loss. Warrior quarterback Jordyn Lemon, who spent a good portion of the game on his back, dropped back to pass and received heavy pressure from the Panther pass rush. His errant throw was intercepted by Biehl, who returned the ball to the Warrior six-yard line. Biehl would have another interception late in the second quarter that he returned 53 yards to the Warrior five-yard line.

Biehl’s six-yard touchdown run and Jordan Hauk’s extra point kick made in 7-0. That opened up the flood gates.

Knightstown would score on four of its next five possessions and next just eight plays to put 27 points on the board. After running two plays and tossing the interception on their first drive, the Warriors got the ball back and managed just one play that time.

Lemon dropped back to pass again, and once again, was under heavy pressure. The Panthers got to him and one brutal hit knocked the ball loose. Ortman recovered at the Warrior 18, and Lane Fields then took the handoff and rambled 17 yards to the one. Fields took the ball in on the next play and in a span of 34 seconds the Panthers had scored 14 points.

It would eventually become a Panther feeding frenzy, but not before the Warriors made some noise with a couple of first downs. Kelton Lane set the stage by drilling Austin Quinn at the 24-yard line on the kickoff return. Ethan Pearson then crushed the ball carrier for a four-yard loss.

But Wes-Del bought some time by having Lemons roll out, and he found senior Jordan Baldwin for a 31-yard passing play to the Knightstown 49. Lemons then went right back to Baldwin for 14 more yards, and suddenly Wes-Del had moved to the Panther 35.

Knightstown then slammed the door shut and forced a 4th-and-8 at the 33. Warrior coach Cody Thompson then opted to punt in that situation, and afterwards probably wished he had just gambled for the first down. The ball was shanked out of bounds at the 23, netting 10 yards n the punt.

The Warriors then fell off of their horses on the next play. Operating from its own 23-yard line, Knightstown used just one play to score again. Biehl started the option left, waited until the last second, and hit Ortman with a perfectly-timed pitch. He got two great blocks, broke a couple of tackles and rocketed down the left sideline 77 yards for a touchdown. It was the Panthers’ third touchdown in less than four minutes and there was still 3:32 left in the first quarter.

Knightstown got the ball back early in the second quarter after forcing another Warrior punt. Starting from the Wes-Del 44-yard line, the Panthers needed just three plays to hit paydirt again. Biehl kept the ball for 28 yards and Lane Fields picked up two more. Following a tremendous block by Kelton Lane, Ortman then went the last 14 yards untouched to the end zone.

Hauk’s third PAT kick of the half put Knightstown ahead 27-0 with 10:33 left in the half. Despite having more than 34 minutes still to play in this one, the game was, for the most part, over at that point.

The Panthers scored again later in the second quarter despite amassing 40 yards in penalties during the drive. Knightstown ran nine plays and gained 122 yards, but consistently had the ball come back because of holding or illegal blocking infractions. That drive followed another possession in which a 66-yard touchdown run by Fields was called back on a penalty – all of the way back to the 18-yard line.

Biehl had a tremendous runs of 22, 17 and 28 yards on the drive, and then came back with another run of 17 more yards. Ortman had a 10-yard run and a 17-yard pass reception. Biehl capped off the drive with a 10-yard jaunt for paydirt and a 33-0 lead.

The Panthers nearly scored one more time before the half when Biehl intercepted his second pass and returned it 53 yards to the Wes-Del five with 15 seconds left.

After one running play to the two-yard line, Panther coach Bob Prescott opted to let the clock run down to two seconds before giving his team practice at a field goal. It just missed.

Knightstown dominated again in the third quarter and Fields got his second touchdown on an eight-yard run. Fields hit the end zone for the third time on an 11-yard run near the end of the third quarter to make it 46-0.

At that point, Prescott pulled his starters on both sides of the ball and went the rest of the way with backups and junior varsity players. Those kids played pretty well, although the Warriors did put together their only good drive of the night in the game’s final minutes.

Wes-Del scored on the last play of regulation when Cameron Grimes caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Austin Prather with the clock reading 0:00.

Biehl had a tremendous game, carrying the ball 13 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Fields also went over the century mark with 102 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns.

Ortman also had a night to remember, catching a 14-yard touchdown pass and scoring on that 77-yard run. Zach Sanders also had 28 yards on the ground and played a tremendous defensive game.

Quarterback Nolan Hall and JV players Will Milton and Brandon Carrender shared those mop-up duties and played well.

Knightstown’s offensive line came into its own against the Warriors. Nick Hochstedler, Wes Hammer, Cory Wisehart, Ethan Paul and Jacob Wooldridge stood their ground up front, and the entire Knightstown defense gave Wes-Del more than it could handle the entire game.

 

Knightstown     20  13  13  0  -  46

Wes-Del            0    0   0   6  -  6

 

K – Brice Biehl 6-yard touchdown run (7:12), Jordan Hauk kick, 7-0

K – Lane Fields 1-yard touchdown run (6:38), Hauk kick, 14-0

K – Danny Ortman 77-yard touchdown run (3:32), kick failed, 20-0

K – Ortman 14-yard touchdown pass from Biehl (10:33), Hauk kick, 27-0

K – Biehl 10-yard touchdown run (0:40), kick failed, 33-0

K – Fields 8-yard touchdown run (4:02), kick blocked, 39-0

K – Fields 11-yard touchdown run (1:44), Hauk kick, 46-0

W – Cameron Grimes 14-yard touchdown pass from Austin Prather (0:00). No PAT due to end of regulation, 46-6

 

First Downs:  12 (K), 8 (W)

Rushes-Yards:  43-385 (K), 30-61 (W)

Passing:  4-6-0 (K), 8-25-2 (W)

Passing Yards:  64 (K), 131 (W)

Total Plays:  49 (K), 54 (W)

Total Yards:  449 (K), 192 (W)

Avg. Yards Per Play:  9.2 (K), 3.3 (W)

Penalties-Yards:  7-75 (K), 0-0 (W)

Punts-Yds-Avg:  4-126-31.5 (K), 7-170-24.3 (W)

Time of Possession:  25:08 (K), 22:52 (W)

 

Rushing (Att-Yds, TDs):   Biehl – 13-139-2; Fields 17-102-3; Ortman 2-87-1; Zach Sanders 5-28; Nolan Hall 2-21; Will Milton 3-6; Brandon Carrender 1-2

Passing (Com-Att-Yds-Td):  Biehl 3-5-0, 64, 1; Hall 0-1-0

 

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