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Norwalk’s Second Half Surge Too Much For Knoxville To Overcome

Posted: Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 5:59 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Derek Cardwell

Playing against a team that had more players in uniform than some small colleges, the Knoxville Football Squad stood toe-to-toe with Norwalk for about three quarters, then depth, or lack thereof for Knoxville reared its ugly head in a 35-16 loss for the Panthers as heard on AM 1320 and 95.3 KNIA last night. Norwalk got going early by posting a touchdown on its first offensive possession, but back came the Panthers in the second quarter to tie it up on a Darius Pipkins 29 yard touchdown reception from Jacob Zuck. Norwalk would add another touchdown and Knoxville would get a Christian Magana 27 yard field goal to close out the scoring in the first half with Norwalk on top 14-10. But the second half was where everyone wearing block and gold feared would be the problem and it was a Norwalk outscored Knoxville 21-6 in the third quarter to make the final margin of 19 points. Coach Eric Kellar told KNIA/KRLS Sports, his team fought valiantly, but it is still never a good thing to lose. While he did not account for six touchdowns, Jacob Zuck still had a solid night through the air completing 14/26 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and his first interception of the season. Rylan Cox caught six balls for 122 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers running game was stuffed all night as they could only manage 55 yards on the ground. Knoxville is now 2-1 and begins district play 0-1, and will return home next week to play Nevada.