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Knoxville’s Tricks And Defensive Effort Treat Fans To A 21-7 Win Over Dallas Center-Grimes

Posted: Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 at 6:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Derek Cardwell

Knoxville Football Coach Troy Rider wanted his team to play their last game of the season by leaving it all on the field especially the seniors. The boys must have listened as Knoxville made plays and the defense rose to the occasion to post a 21-7 victory over Dallas Center-Grimes last night. The Mustangs got the scoring underway in what would be a first half full of trick plays on a wide receiver option pass for a touchdown to make it 7-0. The Panthers responded by reaching deep into their bag of tricks as they lined up for a field goal attempt, it was back-up quarterback Garrett Davis and not Erik Ryan as the kicker. Davis received a direct snap and found a wide-open Bryant McWilliams in the end zone to complete a rare quarterback-to-quarterback pass play. The tricky Panthers were not done as Receiver Dylan Crouse completed a 56 yard touchdown pass to Justin Garrison to get the score to 13-7. The score stayed that way until 3:15 remaining when Knoxville shut then door the on a more conventional…defensive score when Ross Clarke picked off a tipped pass and scampered 20 yards for the game clinching score. Coach Troy Rider said the defense came to play especially Bryce Poffenbarger. Popffenbarger lived in Dallas Center-Grimes’ backfield all night recording three sacks and four tackles for losses. On the offensive side of the ball Bryan McWilliams led Knoxville on the ground with 87 yards on 24 carries and caught a pass for 14 yards and a touchdown. Justin Garrison had 70 yards receiving with a score. Knoxville finishes the season 2-7 and 2-5 in Class 3A District Eight.