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Fields Runs For 204 Yards, 3 TD's in 55-0 Blowout
October 22, 2008 - Before the season even started, Knightstown senior football players promised they would not allow a repeat of last year’s collapse, which including losing the final three games. Sandwiched inside those three losses was a humiliating, 28-20 defeat at Tri-Central, which was the only game the Trojans won last season. The seniors kept their word, as did the rest of the Panther roster.
Knightstown dominated the game in every aspect Friday night, crushing the visiting Trojans 55-0 to secure a winning regular season for coach Bob Prescott. The Panthers blew the game wide open in the second quarter by scoring four times and building a 34-0 halftime lead.
Sophomore Lane Fields rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns, while third-string quarterback Drew Martin stepped up and directed the Panther offense effectively, scoring two rushing touchdowns.
Knightstown had too many weapons for the Trojans, and the Panther defense dominated throughout the game.
Prescott used his junior varsity offense as early as late in the third quarter, or the end result would have been much uglier. The Panthers got tremendous efforts from seniors Ethan Pearson and Jordan Back. Kelton Lane returned to the lineup and played well, while seniors Brice Biehl (on crutches) and Jacob Wooldridge had to watch from the sideline while nursing injuries.
Tri-Central entered the game with a 1-7 record, fresh off of their first win of the season against Wes-Del. The Trojans knocked off a down Panther team last season when they came in at 0-8. There would be no repeat performance on the Panther field.
In the early stages, the game didn’t look like it was going to be a blowout. On the very first play from its own 38-yard line, Knightstown made its fans wince when the Panthers fumbled the ball away. But the visitors did nothing with the ball and Nick Hochstedler blocked the eventual punt.
Knightstown struck paydirt easily because Hochstedler’s punt set them up at the Trojan 36. It took 10 plays, but Martin punched the ball in from the five by pushing two Trojan defenders backwards the last two yards. Jordan Hauk, who converted on a season-best seven-of-eight PATs, made it 7-0 with his kick.
After that, things got a lot easier for the Panthers. Despite a 15-yard penalty that set up Tri-Central at the Knightstown 29-yard line, the Panther defense stood its ground. A great defensive play by Lane Fields caused a fumble that was recovered by Aaron Forshey to kill the drive.
Knightstown had to punt on its next series, but that was the only time the Panthers would have to kick the ball away in the first half. It was also a dandy boot by Pearson, who netted 46 yards on the kick and saddled the Trojans at their own 14-yard line.
After that punt, the entire second quarter was played on Tri-Central’s side of the field, and regardless of which team had the ball, most of the action occurred inside the Trojans’ 30-yard line. The only time the ball moved to Knightstown’s side of the field was after another 15-yard penalty on the Panthers in the final seconds of the half.
The Panthers were still struggling somewhat offensively as Martin tried to find his confidence. A heads-up play by lineman Cory Wisehart kept the next drive alive when Wisehart picked up a Martin fumble and ran it eight yards for a first down. But that drive stalled at the Trojan 9.
It would mark the last drive that didn’t result in points for the Panthers during the first half. Knightstown put up 27 points in a span of 3:15, scoring at a rate of nearly nine points per minute.
It all started after that stalled Panther drive at the Trojan 9. KHS forced a punt from the end zone, and Travis Titus returned the ball 20 yards to the Tri-Central 20-yard line. After eight-yard runs by Martin and Fields, the Trojans’ defense stiffened and forced a 4th-and-4. But Martin followed a terrific block by sophomore Wes Hammer and scored on the play, upping the lead to 14-0 with 4:48 to play in the half.
The bottom then fell out for Tri-Central. After Hauk’s kickoff strapped them down at their own 22, the Trojans fumbled and Zac Sanders pounced on the ball at the 20. Fields gained three yards on the first play and then, behind the blocking of Hammer and Wisehart, bolted 17 yards to the end zone on the second play, upping the lead to 21-0 at the 4:03 mark of the quarter.
In just 45 seconds the Panther lead had changed from seven points to 21. It didn’t stop there.
Hauk again saddled the Trojans deep on the kickoff at their own 24, and on the first play Wisehart intercepted a pass at the 27. The interception was set up by a tremendous pass rush by the Panthers.
It took just three plays for Knightstown to score again. This time, Fields broke two tackles and literally ran over two more on his way to a 24-yard scoring run. That made it 27-0 with 2:49 on the clock.
On Tri-Central’s next possession, quarterback Corban Fiscus completed a pass to wideout Keegan Pyke at the 27-yard line. As cornerback Titus was bringing the receiver down, Pyke was playing hot potato with the football. Sanders came running by and snatched the ball away, bolting untouched 30 yards for a back-breaking touchdown.
The clock still showed 1:31 left in the quarter. Just 3 ½ minutes earlier the Trojans were in a 7-0 game. They were now staring at a 34-0 deficit.
Before the half could end Fiscus managed a 17-yard scramble, and 15 yards were tacked on by a penalty on the Panthers that brought the ball across midfield. But just to pour a little salt into the Trojan wound before the halftime break, a scrambling Fiscus was sacked by Ethan Paul for a 10-yard loss.
The Panthers struck for two more scores in the third quarter. Running behind great blocks by Wisehart, Paul and Hochstedler, Fields broke loose again for what appeared to be a 45-yard touchdown run. But the big sophomore fullback, all alone in the secondary, ran out of bounds just before the Trojan goal line, much to the dismay of most Panther fans.
Fields headed for the sideline to give the senior Pearson an opportunity to score a touchdown, which he did two plays later on a two-yard run.
After another 15-yard penalty on the Panthers helped the Trojans move the ball, Titus brought an end to the next drive with an outstanding play to intercept a pass at the Knightstown 13-yard line.
Fields then covered those 87 yards on two running plays. The first took the ball to the 29, and the second saw the speeding fullback rocket 71 yards for his third score of the night. Hauk’s PAT made it 48-0 roughly half way through the third quarter.
Prescott for the most part called the cats off of the dogs at that point. He inserted freshman Will Milton in at quarterback, and he finished up the game. Milton actually got a touchdown late in the game when both teams had their entire junior varsity rosters on the field. Milton had one nice run of 34 yards, and then carried the ball in from 12 yards out for his first varsity touchdown.
The Panther offensive line did a great job of moving the larger defenders for Fields, who went over the 200-yard mark again by averaging more than 10 yards per carry. Fields’ 204 yards pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
In the first four games this year, Fields rushed for just 248 yards and seven touchdowns. But over the last five games, Fields has gained 758 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. For the season he has gained 1,006 yards on 139 attempts.
Martin did a good job of running the offense once he got out of that tough first quarter. He finished with 24 yards on 9 carries, scoring twice. Milton had 44 yards on four carries and one touchdown.
Defensively, Pearson, Wisehart, Sanders, the Forsheys, Hochstedler and the rest of the crew had a much better game than they had played in recent weeks.
The win enabled the Panthers to close the regular season with a 5-4 record. Up next is Centerville, 8-1 and owners of a 21-18 win in the season opener over Knightstown (see related story).
Knightstown 7 27 14 7 - 55
Tri-Central 0 0 0 0 - 0
K – Drew Martin 7-yard touchdown run (4:54), Jordan Hauk kick, 7-0.
K – Martin 4-yard touchdown run (4:46), Hauk kick, 14-0.
K – Lane Fields 17-yard touchdown run (4:03), Hauk kick, 21-0.
K – Fields 24-yard touchdown run (2:49), kick failed, 27-0.
K – Zach Sanders 30-yard fumble return (1:31), Hauk kick, 34-0.
K – Ethan Pearson 2-yard touchdown run (8:42), Hauk kick, 41-0.
K – Fields 71-yard touchdown run (5:37), Hauk kick, 48-0.
K – Will Milton 12-yard touchdown run (1:33), Hauk kick, 55-0.
Rushing: Lane Fields 20 carries, 204 yards, 3 touchdowns; Drew Martin 9 carries, 24 yards, 2 touchdowns; Will Milton 4 carries, 44 yards, 1 touchdown; Ethan Pearson 4 carries, 3 yards; Travis Titus 2 carries, 12 yards; Brandon Carrender 4 carries, 2 yards; Nic Morris 1 carry, 2 yards; Bobby Wyatt 1 carry, 1 yard.
Passing: Martin 0-1-0.
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