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 JV Falls at Blackford 19-16

September 17, 2008 - Knightstown’s junior varsity football team made a more than 50-mile trip north to play Class 3A Blackford Monday night, and the squad put together its best effort of the season. Although the team lost the game, 19-16, there were a lot more positives to take away from the experience against a much larger school.

“This was the best intensity and effort we’ve seen from these kids all year long,” coach Todd Cleek said. “It was a great game and we were really pleased with how they played.”

Knightstown took an early lead in the game when Collin Kennedy intercepted a Bruin pass at the Panther 40-yard line. That set up the game’s first score, and it was a dramatic one.

Quarterback Nolan Hall hit freshman Bobby Wyatt with a 60-yard touchdown pass, and Hall then carried the ball in for a two-point conversion that put the Panthers ahead 8-0.

Blackford answered with three touchdowns to pull ahead 19-8 before Knightstown could answer.

Nick Probst intercepted a Bruin pass and that led to Hall pulling the trigger on another touchdown pass. Hall hit Brandon Carrender with a 23-yard score, and then threw to Kennedy for the two-point conversion for the game’s final points.

The Panthers then stopped Blackford on a three-and-out to get the ball back with less than two minutes remaining. Knightstown moved the ball past midfield, but time ran out on that potential scoring drive.

The Panthers had two touchdowns called back on penalties.

The team’s record dropped to 1-3 on the season. The JV will be in action again this Monday when they travel to Hagerstown. The next home game is Sept. 29 against Shenandoah.

 

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