The North Clay eighth grade football team remained unbeaten on the season by defeating Greencastle 24-12 Tuesday evening.
The Knights got on the scoreboard early on the legs of quarterback Kodie Girton who rambled in for the TD and completed the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead in the first quarter.
Brock Wheeler booted an onside kick on the next play for the Knights but weren't able to add to their lead.
The Tiger Cubs answered back on a fourth down run by Nate Spencer from 11 yards out, but North Clay got a huge hit from Tyler Wilson to deny the conversion. The Knights drove to the 11-yard line before running out of time at the half.
The Knights' defense held strong in the second half led by sacks from Bryant Pestoff and Frank Beasley. Both Jordan Girton and Grant Stearley had interceptions.
Up front, the offensive line of Aaron See, Kreig Wallen, Coleman Craig, Ethan Stewart and Pestoff played key roles.
North Clay had the only score of the third period on a 28-yard run from Damon Hyatt and a two-point conversion for a 16-6 lead.
Starting the fourth period, both teams turned the ball over, but the Tiger Cubs narrowed the gap on another Spencer TD. The conversion failed again and the Knights continued to lead.
The Knights finished off the win on a 65-yard kick return on the ensuing play to cap the scoring.
The 4-0 Knights will travel to Brown County this weekend for a 10:30 a.m. game.
The seventh grade Knights fell 8-0 to Greencastle in a defensive battle.
The Tiger Cubs scored in the first half on a mixture of effective running and sharp passing before scoring on an inside trap.
The Knights most effective drive came right before halftime when North Clay drove to the 10-yard line with time running out. However, a bad exchange on the snap kept the Knights out of the endzone.
The second half evolved in a physical battle for field position with neither team scoring.
Larry Shaffer and Phillip Lalen had standout games at linebacker and cornerbacks Trent Barnett and Travis Hakman had strong games as well.
North Clay volleyball
North Clay split their junior high volleyball matches against South Vermillion this week as the eighth grade won 25-12, 25-17 paced by eight points and four aces from Kylie McKee and seven points from Briana Cook who also had a kill.
Alyssa Conrad had four points and two aces with Taylor Yocom contributing three points and two aces for the Knights.
Sam Montague and Abby Hayes each had a kill and an ace and both Ashlen Buck and Allie Peters had an ace. Emma Nicoson and Marissa Barushak each had a kill.
The eighth grade Knights are now 8-1 on the season and travel to Clay City on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.
The seventh grade Knights dropped a 23-25, 24-25 decision to the Wildcats despite five points and four aces from Miranda Morelli. Sierra Girton and Alexus Bex each had four points and Ashley Sutherland and Courtney Maccarone both had three points. Samantha Okulovich, Taylor Dickison and Hayley Rodgers all had two points. Brylie Riddell had three kills and Girton added another. Billie McClain, Rodgers, Chandler Pell and Maccarone all had kills.
North Clay cross country
The North Clay cross country girls won its three-way meet against Sullivan and North Central on Wednesday evening with 38 points followed by the T-Birds at 52 and the Arrows who did not have enough runners for a complete score.
Kourtney Clark placed third overall in a time of 16:21 ahead of Aubrey Welton who was sixth in 16:56. Shelbi Morris was eighth with Andrea Harting in 10th followed by Allison Marshall in 11th place.
The boys' team was second to Sullivan's 30 points with 40 for the Knights. North Central finished with 51 points.
Ian Heffner placed fourth in 13:33 and Kyle Moore was fifth with a time of 13:34.
North Clay will compete Saturday at South Knox beginning at 9 a.m.