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Centerville is Traditional Season Opener for Panthers
August 20, 2008 - The 2008 version of Knightstown Panther football will be unveiled Friday night when coach Bob Prescott takes his team to Centerville for the traditional season opener against the Bulldogs.
Last year’s game, a 13-7 Panther win, was only game the Bulldogs lost on their way to an 8-1 regular season. The win was costly for the Panthers, because they lost starting quarterback Joe Haase and fullback Trey McColley, both all-state candidates, to injury.
The Bulldogs, after losing that game to Knightstown, steamrolled the rest of their regular season schedule.
“I’m sure Centerville has talked about that,” Prescott said. “I’ve reminded our team that they will have a little additional incentive when we come to town.”
Knightstown started last season with high expectations and then injuries decimated the team. The Panthers lost their last three games and finished 4-6.
Knightstown will have to contend with fourth-year starting quarterback Drew Schauss, a 6-4, 210-pound throwing machine. He is on everyone’s preseason all-state list and is surprisingly mobile for his size. The Bulldogs will work out of a shot gun and throw frequently, challenging both the Panther secondary and the pass rush.
Last season, Knightstown managed to get to Schauss on several occasions. Ethan Pearson, Lane Fields, Cory Wisehart, Nick Hochstedler and Aaron Forshey all recorded sacks of the Bulldog quarterback. That type of effort will be needed Friday because it could be a long night if Schauss has time in the pocket.
This marks the 14th consecutive year KHS and CHS have opened the high school football season against each other. Knightstown has won 11 of the previous 13 season openers, but the Bulldogs have won two of the last three on their home field.
2007: KHS 13, CHS 7
2006: CHS 26, KHS 13
2005: KHS 38, CHS 0
2004: KHS 24, CHS 21
2003: KHS 22, CHS 0
2002: CHS 13, KHS 9
2001: KHS 40, CHS 0
2000: KHS 34, CHS 20
1999: KHS 19, CHS 12
1998: KHS 27, CHS 0
1997: KHS 20, CHS 0
1996: KHS 20, CHS 12
1995: KHS 34, CHS 0
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