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 Tiger Quarterback Will Test Panther Defense

 

August 22, 2007 - Knightstown will travel to Hagerstown Friday night in an attempt to improve their record to 2-0. They’ll be doing so without the services of starting quarterback Joe Haase and three-year two-way player Trey McColley.

With those two senior all-state candidates sidelined indefinitely, Coach Bob Prescott will look to some talented backups to get the job done against the Tigers.

Hagerstown, which returns 10 seniors from a 5-5 team last year, lost their road opener to Lawrenceburg 20-0 last week. Like Centerville, the Tigers return a veteran quarterback in senior Chad Lieberman. He’s extremely quick, and Prescott said the Panthers will focus special efforts on trying to stop the experienced signal-caller.

“We’re going to have to tackle well on the perimeter,” Prescott said. “One missed tackle out there and it’s a touchdown.”

Last year Lieberman passed for 1,715 yards and 16 touchdowns. He rushed for another 948 yards and 13 touchdowns. His favorite target will be 5-10 junior Chris Doyen, who caught 24 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns. Hagerstown runs a four-wide shotgun and they like to throw the football.

On defense, the Tigers return six two-year starters, although they lost several defensive linemen and linebackers to graduation.

Junior quarterback Brice Biehl will direct the Panther offense, and he played extremely well in a backup role last week after Haase went down with an ankle injury. Instead of McColley in the backfield, Biehl will be using freshman Lane Fields and sophomore Zach Sanders, as well as Danny Ortman, Levi Blair and Travis Titus. While McColley and Haase are two of the premier players in Class 2A at their positions, their backups are more than capable of moving the football.

Prescott picked up his first win at KHS last year over the Tigers, 35-14. The series between the two teams has been for the most part even, although the Panthers have won eight of the last 13 times the teams have met.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Hagerstown.

 

 

 

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