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Panthers, Bulldogs Battle Is For 2nd Place in WRAC
October 8, 2008 - The Knightstown Panthers have another huge test Friday night when the team travels to Lapel to take on the 5-2 Bulldogs, whose record can be a little deceiving. Lapel’s losses have come to Shenandoah (6-1) 38-7, and top-ranked Heritage Christian (7-0) 37-6.
Lapel has beaten Tri-Central (0-7), Frankton (0-7), Eastern Hancock (2-5), Guerin Catholic (2-5) and Clinton Prairie (3-4). Like the Panthers, Lapel has not defeated a team with a winning record. One of these teams will bring an end to that stigma Friday night.
The Bulldogs have played a schedule with a combined record of 20-29. Knightstown’s combined schedule has a record of 26-23.
The teams have played two common opponents. Both lost to Shenandoah. The Bulldogs fell to the Raiders 38-7, while the Panthers lost 41-20. Lapel beat Eastern Hancock 33-12, and Knightstown whipped the Royals 61-14.
The Bulldogs average 23.4 points per game and give up 19. Knightstown averages 30 points per game and allows 15. But after scoring just 18 points in its first two games, both losses, the Panthers have won four of their last five games by outscoring opponents 192-78, averaging 38.4 points and allowing 15.6 over that stretch.
Last week the Bulldogs defeated Clinton Prairie 27-12, scoring the game’s first 21 points. Brandon Freeland ran for two touchdowns Friday, but he is not the primary workhorse for Lapel on offense.
Josh Owen is the main man for the Bulldogs. He rushed for 171 yards Friday night, and that gives him 950 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.
Evan Roberts, Freeland and Shelby Weeks are the favorite targets of quarterback Ryan Scott. Roberts caught three of Scott’s four completions, one of them good for 29 yards and a touchdown.
Lapel is the only team on Knightstown’s schedule that coach Bob Prescott has not beaten. Historically, the two teams have their stretches. The Panthers have won nine of the last 15 games between the two, but the Bulldogs have won five of the last six.
The winner of this game will stand alone in second place in the White River Athletic Conference.
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