Eagles Fall To State-Ranked Clark County 47-6
The Knox County Eagles traveled to Kahoka Friday night, with hopes of upsetting the state-ranked Clark County Indians, and spoiling their homecoming game.
The Eagles won the opening coin toss, and elected to receive the football. Their opening series faltered, and they were forced to punt the ball away, giving the Indians possession at midfield.
The Indians got their drive started with 9:29 on the clock in the first quarter, as Ethan Allen completed a quick pass to Bryan Plenge to the 34 yard line. Javis Vineyard moved the ball closer, before another Allen pass found Rob Schutte alone in the corner of the end zone with 7:44 on the clock. The PAT kick was good, and the Indians led 7-0.
The kickoff was taken by Cameron Kirmse out to the 30 yard line. A pass from Kennan Gillaspy to Zach Parrish fell incomplete, but the officials ruled that the Indian defender had interfered, and Knox County moved out to the Indian 48 yard line before the Eagles ran out of steam and were forced to punt.
The Indians responded again quickly, combining their running and passing attack for a 66 yard drive, capped by a Javis Vineyard run with 1:25 remaining in the quarter.
The Eagle’s next possession started on their own 20-yard line, and Gillaspy was under heavy Indian pressure, and Knox was forced to punt again.
The Indians wasted no time scoring again, as Allen connected with Colt Sommers on a 41 yard TD strike with 11:05, giving the Indians a 20-0 lead.
Knox County found themselves in trouble with their backs at their own end zone before Gillaspy connected with Dennis Dent on the 15 to get a little breathing room, but the Eagles had to punt again, and Vineyard scored on 49 yard run on the first play from scrimmage after the kick with 9:21. The PAT kick was blocked by Eagle Lucas Hudson, and the Indians led 26-0.
Parrish took the kickoff, and the Eagles moved the ball to midfield after a completion to Kirmse. Knox continued into Indian territory before an interception by Vineyard ended their drive on the Indian 30.
The Indians drove into Eagle territory before Allen raced 44 yards for another Clark County TD, giving the Indians a 33-0 lead.
Knox came back with a completion to Parrish, and a roughing the passer call added yardage, and the Eagles continued deep into Clark County territory before Schutte picked off an Eagle pass in the end zone.
The Indians would score one more time in the half, capping an 80 yard drive with a 1 yard run by Vineyard for a 40-0 halftime margin.
Knox County would finally get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter after the Eagle defense force an Indian punt to the 40 yard line. A timely facemask penalty on Clark County gave the Eagles a first down, and Zach Parrish raced 30 yard for a Knox TD. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and the Indians lead 40-6 with 7:50 remaining in the game.
The Indians would answer quickly again, as Colt Kiger raced deep into Eagle territory. A penalty gave the Indians a first down on the five, and Kiger finished the drive with a TD run with 7:12 left in the game for a 47-6 lead.
Clark County earned 14 first downs, against Knox County’s 6. The Indians passed for 273 yard, and gained 151 on the ground. Knox County had 40 rushing and 89 passing yards.