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Panthers Capture 5th & 6th Grade League Championship
October 22, 2008 - Knightstown’s 5th and 6th grade football Panthers defeated the Raiders, 32-13, to win the New Castle Youth League Rose Bowl championship Sunday afternoon. The team was sponsored by Pavy’s Grocery in Carthage.
Cory Cleek ran for three touchdowns and caught a pass for a fourth score in the blowout victory. The Panthers’ first touchdown came on a 42-yard pass from quarterback Drake Peggs to Cleek. Cleek also added the two-point conversion.
Cleek then exploded for three more touchdowns behind great blocking from offensive linemen Coleman Wyatt, Devin Hamilton, Derek Heim, Broderick Angel, Austin Hilton, Travis Hilton and Blake Horkman.
“The offensive line is the reason we have been successful this season,” said coach Joe Peggs, who helped guide the team to a perfect 7-0 season. “Cory (Cleek) was unstoppable and ran the ball extremely well. They just couldn’t tackle him.
“Our wide receivers, Max Rinehart and Perry Milton, also did a great job of blocking for our running backs.”
After the touchdown pass from Peggs, Cleek added three more scores on the ground. He hit paydirt on a 36-yard run, and then came back for another score on a run from 53 yards. Ben Haase added the PAT on that score.
Cleek crossed the goal line for the fourth time in the game on a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown. Haase scored the last Knightstown touchdown on a run from 10 yards out. The Raiders scored both of their touchdowns in the first half. That’s when the Knightstown defense slammed the door shut.
Michael Simmons intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards. Drake Peggs, Cameron Fender and Alex Fields all made several open-field tackles. Linebackers Haase, Kaleb Kinnaman, Jack Holder and Riley Ruble all played great games for the Panthers.
“Wyatt, Cleek and Haase were all over the place making big hits and creating tackles for losses,” coach Peggs said. “It was an all-around great effort from everyone.”
By completing the season with a 7-0 record, Knightstown dominated the league play once again this season. They out-scored their opponents 143-27 on the season, averaging over 20 points per game while allowing less than four points.
The Panthers completed the regular season with a 6-0 record by defeating the Tigers 15-0, marking the team’s fourth shutout in six games. Defensive stars included Jack Holder, Coleman Wyatt, Michael Simmons, Cameron Fender, Ben Haase and Caleb Kinnaman. Drake Peggs, Alex Fields and Riley Ruble shut down the Tiger passing game.
Cory Cleek scored on a 38-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game. Peggs also threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Cleek, and Kinnaman kicked the extra point.
The Panthers romped past the Broncos 18-0 to set up their showdown with the Tigers. Drake Peggs scored on a 37-yard touchdown run. Cameron Fender hit paydirt on a 32-yard touchdown jaunt, while Kaleb Kinnaman scored on a 21-yard run.
Drew Underwood, Michael Simmons, Cory Cleek and Riley Ruble were defensive standouts.
The 5-6th Grade Panthers roster includes #5 - Perry Milton, #7 - Drake Peggs, #8 - Cory Cleek, #9 - Kaleb Kinnaman, #12 - Alex Fields, #17 - Riley Ruble, #22 - Jack Holder, #25 - Max Rinehart, #28 - Benjamin Haase, #40 - Cameron Fender, #42 - Mike Simmons, #58 - Travis Hilton, #60 - Derek Heim, #63 - Blake Horkman, #65 - Devin Hamilton, #68 - Broderick Angel, #93 - Drew Underwood, as well as Coleman Wyatt and Austin Hilton.
Panthers were sponsored by Pavy’s Grocery in Carthage.
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