Trevor Sherman and Jessica Miller
The game between Knox Central and Pulaski Southwestern in the 2015 Appalachian Bowl at Clay County High School Saturday night was largely a defensive struggle. Almost midway through the second quarter, neither team had scored.
The Panthers were finally able to get on the board first when Nick Martin hit a field goal with 6:40 left in the first half. Southwestern would immediately respond, however, when freshman JP Vaught ran back the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. With 6:19 remaining in the second quarter, the Warriors led 6-3.
Southwestern was able to add to their lead before the half when quarterback Brandon Pruitt threw a 23-yard TD pass to receiver #8 Blake Lanham. After kicker William Avina added on the PAT, the Warriors led 13-3 with 2:29 on the clock.
Knox narrowed the gap in the third quarter when Donovan Arthur scored on a two-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was no good, and with 6:27 on the clock, Southwestern led by a score of 13-9.
Patrick Edwards’ touchdown run with only 15 seconds remaining in the quarter put the Warriors ahead 19-9 heading into the evening’s final quarter of play.
Southwestern went up 26-9 with 10:01 left in the game after junior William Lemmon scored on a short-yardage TD and senior Lucas Turpin booted the extra point. With time expiring, Knox Central found their way into the end zone once more when freshman Adam Renfro went in for a 13-yard scoring run. This made the final score of the evening 26-15, dropping the Panthers to 1-2 on the year.
At the end of the night, Matthew Smith was named defensive Player of the Game for Knox Central and the Panthers’ offensive Player of the Game was Donovan Arthur. You can see the Panthers play again at Harlan County this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.