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5-6th Grade Teams Rolling to Wins
September 17, 2008 - Knightstown’s fifth and sixth grade football team won its second straight game Sunday, defeating the Raiders 6-0. The two football teams played during the big wind storm under extremely difficult conditions.
Although Knightstown’s offense struggled, the team managed to provide the game’s only score on a 56-yard pass play from Logan Whitaker to Jake Kwisz. The defense provided the support the rest of the game.
Knightstown forced three fumbles, which were recovered by Dakota Reed, Zach Fields and Whitaker. The future Panthers also came up with three interceptions, with Sam Peck, Fields and Kwisz coming up with the errant Raider passes.
The team will be in action next Tuesday in a game that will be played at the varsity field in Knightstown.
The Knightstown fifth and sixth grade Panthers football team has won its first two games in the youth league season, defeating the Steelers 25-0 and the Raiders 6-0.
Against the Steelers Sunday, the young Panthers scored on their first offensive play of the game when Cory Cleek bolted 55 yards for a touchdown. Wide receiver Max Rhinehart blocked three defenders to lead the way for the score. Ben Haase ran for the extra point.
The Panthers struck again in the second quarter when Cleek broke seven tackles and scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. Cleek hit the end zone for the third time in the game when he scored on a 37-yard gallop.
Drake Peggs capped the Knightstown scoring spree with a 42-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter.
The Panther offensive line of Coleman Wyatt, Austin Hilton, Devin Hamilton, Travis Hilton, Derek Heim and Blake Horkman dominated the Steelers throughout the day.
Defensively, Knightstown smothered the Steelers. Jack Holder had an interception. Caleb Kinnaman, Cameron Fender, Drake Peggs, Rhinehart and Perry Milton shut down the Steeler passing game. Linebackers Drew Underwood, Michael Simmons, Cleek and Haase shut down the running game.
On Sept. 7 the Panthers defeated the Raiders 6-0. Knightstown put together a methodical drive that had key runs by Cory Cleek, Ben Haase and Jack Holder. Cleek eventually scored on a 16-yard run for the game’s only points.
Knightstown got outstanding efforts out of linemen Coleman Wyatt, Blake Horkman, Austin Hilton, Travis Hilton, Broderick Angel, Devin Hamilton and Derek Heim. Defensive backs Drake Peggs, Cameron Fender, Alex Fields, Perry Milton and Max Rhinehart also played very well.
The linebacking corps of Haase, Drew Underwood, Michael Simmons, Cleek, Riley Ruble and Kaleb Kinnaman never gave the Raiders any gains of considerable yardage.
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