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North Clay seventh grade remains unbeaten with pair of wins

Monday, September 12, 2005

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Zac Niehaus (#4) picks up some yardage as teammate Jacob Musgrave (#44) blocks an Owen Valley defender.

The North Clay seventh grade football team won its second and third games of the season by taking a 22-8 win over Owen Valley last week and a 14-6 decision versus Cascade.

The Knights got off to a strong start versus the Patriots as Zac Niehaus took a punt at the start of the second quarter and returned it 30 yards for a score with a big block from Hunter Robertson.

After halting the Patriots next drive, four-and-out, the Knights took over at their own 30-yard line and were dropped for a seven yard loss on the first play. Facing a second-and-17, flanker Tyler Trout broke loose for a 35-yard run for a first down.

The Knights next possession was culminated by Niehaus' 65-yard touchdown reception from Trent Lancaster and the two-point conversion was successful.

Offensive linemen, John Rollings, Jordan Van Horn, Zach Kumpf, Jacob Musgrave, Brandon Mikesell, Taylor Pinnick and Jordan King dominated the second half with strong running from Tommy Holifield and Sean Hauser.

Defensive standouts in the game were end, Cameron Muncie, linebackers, Eric Liddle, Cole Dickerson and Andrew Butts with strong interior play from Beau Judd and Brandon Pleake.

This week, the Knights moved to 3-0 with a 14-6 win over the Cadets.

Niehaus opened the scoring on a 20-yard run and also carried home a successful two-point conversion.

Cascade responded with a touchdown of their own to make the score 8-6.

In the second half, both defenses took control of the contest, holding the offenses in check until late in the fourth period.

Cascade was attempting to mount a drive and with just 18 seconds remaining, a Cadet pass attempt was intercepted and returned 40 yards by Niehaus for a touchdown and a 14-6 North Clay victory.

Liddle led the team in tackles with five and Wade Longley stepped in late at middle linebacker to seal the deal for the Knights. Andrew Butts had three tackles in the win with Ben Crafton earning a sack.

Next up for the Knights is a Thursday home game versus Greencastle.

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