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Knights split pair of games in last week's gridiron action

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The North Clay seventh grade football team split a pair of games last week, falling amidst the rain to host Greencastle 24-6 and defeating Brown County in overtime, 14-8.

Against the Tiger Cubs, Greencastle got out front early 8-0 before the Knights responded with a touchdown but failed to convert the two-point try. Greencastle would add a pair of touchdowns in the second half and hold the Knights from getting any closer in their first loss of the year.

North Clay responded on Saturday against the Eagles, making the long trip to Brown County.

The Eagles took the early advantage 8-0 before North Clay's Sean Hauser knotted the score with his touchdown run for the Knights.

From there, the two teams battled to a stalemate on a muddy field, remaining scoreless for the middle two periods.

However, in the fourth quarter, the Knights defense backed Brown County to their own goal line on the strength of some hard hitting from Zach Niehaus and Justin Rodgers. Forcing a punt, the Knights got a hand on the kick, partially blocking the punt and regaining possession deep in Eagle territory.

Unfortunately for the Knights, however, the clock wasn't in their favor and time ran out before they could get the victory.

The two teams headed to overtime with the Knights electing to play defense first.

Brown County was forced backwards on their first two plays, but broke free for a score on the third play. Fortunately for the Knights, the play was called back due to a penalty giving the Knights renewed life. They would take advantage, holding the Eagles for the next two plays and taking over on their own chance to score.

Hauser would give the Knights the victory when he powered through behind some key blocks by his linemen and found paydirt for a North Clay victory.

Hauser and Niehaus ran strongly behind their line of Jacob Musgrave, Taylor Pinnick, Brandon Mikesell, Ben Crafton and Eric Little with receivers Sam Miller and Tyler Trout hauling in some nice catches from quarterback Trent Lancaster.

On defense, the Knights were paced by middle linebacker Eric Liddle who lead the team in tackles followed by Ben Crafton, Cole Dickison and Hunter Robertson. Trent Montague and Andrew Butts each had interceptions in the game both the starters and subs stepped up their games to pull off the victory.

The Knights, 4-1 overall will travel to Ellettsville to take on the Edgewood Colts Thursday at 6 p.m.



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