by Gary Andrews
The Southwood and Manchester football teams hooked up Friday in night one of the county round robin. The Knights defended their home turf, defeating the Squires 38-21.
The Knights did all the scoring in the first quarter when quarterback Robbie Cole connected with Noah Kirk for a 33 yard scoring strike and with the Zach Hobson kick led 7-0 after one.
The Knights would extend their lead to 13-0 in the second quarter when after a drive Nathan Hollars took it in from 4 yards out with 6:07 to play. The Squires would then get the goose egg off the board with 3:55 left on a Lucas Schilling 4 yard TD and after the Ross Messer kick it was 13-7. The Knights would answer right before the half when Cole found Jackson Blair for a 10-yard scoring strike and the Knights led 20-7 at the half.
The Knights looked like they were going to take total control to start the third quarter when Cole would find Danny Goff on a 33 yard scoring strike to increase the lead to 27-7. The Squires would then regroup and make things interesting. Phoenix Goad would score from 4 yards out with 6:03 on the clock to make it 27-14. The Squire defense would stiffen and the offense would strike again two minutes later when Lucas Schilling found Phoenix Goad on a 59-yard pass play for a touchdown and the margin was cut to 27-21. Zach Hobson would end the scoring in the third quarter with a field goal with 1:25 left to play as Southwood led 30-21 after three.
The Knights would score one more time in the fourth, which was all the scoring when Robbie Cole threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night, a 10 yard TD pass to Goff. The two-point conversion was good as the Knights went on to the 38-21 win.
For Southwood Robbie Cole was 14 of 25 for 258 yards, 4TD. Nathan Hollars rushed 35 times for 184 yards, Robbie Cole 11 for 25 and Jon Berlier 2 for 2. Danny Goff caught 5 passes for 117 yards. Jackson Blair had 4 catches for 45 yards, Jacob Lloyd 2 for 49 yards, Noah Kirk 2 for 37 yards and Nathan Hollars 1 for 10 yards.
Nick Rebholz led the team in tackles with 10 solo and 4 assist. Nick McCown and Tristyn Howell had 7 each, Jake Smith and Kale Weiss 6 each. The Knights had 69 team tackles. Nick Rebholz, Jon Berlier and Ryan Barton each had an interception. Corey Phillipy recovered a fumble.
For Manchester Lucas Schilling was 12 of 42 for 189 yards. Jacob Casper rushed 13 times for 34 yards. Brodi Carter caught 5 passes for 43 yards. Phoenix Goad caught 3 for 77 yards.