The Knox Central Panthers football team began playoff action this past Friday night at Union College against Taylor County. The Panthers (8-2) advanced to the quarter final round with a 21-12 victory over Taylor County (4-7).
The Panthers were able to overcome four turnovers which included back to back fumbles in the first quarter that allowed Taylor County to get the early 6-0 lead with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter. Knox Central managed to regain their composure on the next possession. The drive cumulated in a pass touchdown from Jaxon Stewart to Matthew Barger to regain the lead at 6-7 where it remained until half time.
Taylor County on their first possession of the second half put together an 80 yard drive for a passing touchdown at the 1:05 mark in the third quarter to secure a 12-7 advantage. The Panthers, down five points in the fourth quarter, answered the Cardinals 80 yard drive with an 80 yard drive of their own that saw Freshman Donavan Arthur carry the ball five times and score a touchdown for a 12-15 lead at the 9:57 mark in the fourth.
Knox Central’s Patrick Clark, on the ensuing kickoff, recovered a fumble by Taylor County’s kick return squad to take away a crucial possession at the Cardinals 39 yard line.
The Panthers covered the 39 yards with the help of two receptions from No. 8 Tanner Wells. Wells snagged a fourth down pass at the five yard line to keep the drive alive and gave Central the final score of the game with a 16 yard touchdown catch with 4:52 in the fourth that produced a 21-12 victory.
The Panthers will be back in action this Friday when they host the Boyle County Rebels (10-1) for the rights to play in the Region finals on Nov. 21.
For complete coverage, see this weeks Mountain Advocate.