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 Reserves Take One on Chin in Shootout at Hagerstown, 32-28

September 24, 2008 - Knightstown’s junior varsity football team played in a wild shootout Monday night at Hagerstown, falling to the Tigers 32-28.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first quarter, although the Tigers put together a nice drive into Knightstown’s Red Zone. But the Panther defense stiffened at stopped the hosts at the four-yard line.

After the Tigers had taken an 8-0 lead, Knightstown got into the scoring flow when quarterback Nolan Hall hit Will Milton with a 65-yard touchdown pass. Milton also caught the two-point conversion pass from Hall to tie the game at 8-8.

Hagerstown went ahead 16-8 later in the quarter before the Panthers struck again. Cory Cox recovered a fumble, and that led to a six-yard touchdown run by Ray Perkins that cut the deficit to 16-14 at the half.

Hagerstown got another touchdown in the third quarter and again added the two-point conversion to lead 24-14. The Panthers came back again, this time scoring on a 15-yard run by Milton, who also added the two-point conversion. That pulled the Panthers back to within two points at 24-22.

But the Tigers kept the game at a high-scoring pace, striking for another score and added their fourth two-point conversion of the night. That upped the lead to 32-22.

The Panthers responded by going back to the air on the next drive and that paid dividends. Hall completed passes of 25 and 14 yards to Milton, and then went to Bobby Wyatt for aerial gains of 22 and 15 yards. Hall then hit Wyatt for a 7-yard score with just 19.6 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion failed, making the final score 32-28.

Both teams scored four touchdowns in the game, but the Tigers converted on all four of their two-point conversion, making the difference in the game.

“We just didn’t have the intensity and effort that we had last week at Blackford,” coach Todd Cleek said. “We have to get back to that level. We have some big rivalry games coming up with Shenandoah, Tri and Eastern Hancock. It shouldn’t be a problem getting the kids fired up for those games.”

The Panthers host Shenandoah Monday, with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.


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