Knox Central overcomes four turnovers to win the opening round of the playoffs, 21-12, over Taylor County.

The Knox Central Panthers football team began playoff action this past Friday night at Union College against Taylor County. The Panthers (8-2) advanced to the quarter final round with a 21-12 victory over Taylor County (4-7).

Barger Touchdown catch
Matthew Barger pulls in a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against Taylor County on Friday night.

The Panthers were able to overcome four turnovers which included back to back fumbles in the first quarter that allowed Taylor County to get the early 6-0 lead with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter. Knox Central managed to regain their composure on the next possession. The drive cumulated in a pass touchdown from Jaxon Stewart to Matthew Barger to regain the lead at 6-7 where it remained until half time.

Donavan Arthur
Freshman Donavan Arthur looks on after rushing for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter of the playoffs.

Taylor County on their first possession of the second half put together an 80 yard drive for a passing touchdown at the 1:05 mark in the third quarter to secure a 12-7 advantage. The Panthers, down five points in the fourth quarter, answered the Cardinals 80 yard drive with an 80 yard drive of their own that saw Freshman Donavan Arthur carry the ball five times and score a touchdown for a 12-15 lead at the 9:57 mark in the fourth.

Patrick Clark
Junior Patrick Clark leaves the field after recovering a dropped kick return by Taylor County.

Knox Central’s Patrick Clark, on the ensuing kickoff, recovered a fumble  by Taylor County’s kick return squad to take away a crucial possession at the Cardinals 39 yard line.

Tanner Wells
Receiver Tanner Wells secures a 10 yard pass from Jaxon Stewart late in the fourth quarter of a 21-12 victory over Taylor County.

The Panthers covered the 39 yards with the help of two receptions from No. 8 Tanner Wells. Wells snagged a fourth down pass at the five yard line to keep the drive alive and gave Central the final score of the game with a 16 yard touchdown catch with 4:52 in the fourth that produced a 21-12 victory.

The Panthers will be back in action this Friday when they host the Boyle County Rebels (10-1) for the rights to play in the Region finals on Nov. 21.

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