The Southwood offense was clicking on all cylinders Friday, putting up 508 yards of offense and 628yds of all purpose yards in a 58-29 route over Tippecanoe Valley.
The Knights led 14-7 after the first stop, getting their first score on a Robbie Cole keeper to go up 6-0. Valley would take a 7-6 lead with 4:44 to go before a reverse on the insuing kick off changed things quickly. Matt Cox fielded the kick off and took off to the right, handing off to Nathan Hollars who raced 82yds down the left sideline for a touchdwon and with the extra point the Knights led 14-7 after one.
Valley would score in the first two minutes of the second quarter and after converting a two point conversion led 15-14. After penalties from each team stalled drives, Cole would find Jon Berlier on a 27yd scoring strike with 1:39 left in the half. Cole would then connect with Andrew Finicle for the two point conversion for a 22-15 Southwood lead. Valley then made the next move. After a Knight facemask Valley marched down the field quickly, scoring with 28.2 on the clock and with the two point conversion led 23-22. Southwood would start their last possession on the 41 and after two incompletions Cole raced to the Valley 41 with 7.3 remaining for a first down. Cole would then find Danny Goff who got out of bounds with 1.3 on the clock at the Valley 19, setting up a Cole 36yd field goal attempt that he hit, giving the Knights a 25-23 halftime lead.
The Knights brought their first half momentum from the first half back to the field in the third quarter and it was lights out as the Knights lit up the Valley defense, while the Southwood defense dominated the Valley offense. Nathan Hollars would score on a 7yd run with 9:21 left to put Southwood up 32-23, then score again with 5:17 on the clock to open a 38-23 lead. Not being content, the Knights would cross the goal line one more time in the quarter when Cole scored on a 5yd run with 2:10 left as the Knights took a 44-23 lead to the final quarter.
Valley would get their lone score of the second half 15 seconds in to the fourth to make it 44-29, but the Knights flexed their muscle some more. At the 5:34 mark Hollars would take it in from 11yds out to go up 51-29. Nick Rebholz would then force a fumble on Valley’s first play and recover it, setting up one more shot for the Knights when Cole connected with Goff on a 49yd scoring strike with 3:18 left to give Southwood a 58-29 lead which would be the final score.
Robbie Cole was 15 of 25 for 203yds, 2TD. Nathan Hollars rushed 31 times for 182yds, 3TD. Robbie Cole added 9 for 92yds, 2TD. Danny Goff had 7 receptions for 124yds, 1TD. Jon Berlier added 4 for 64yds, 1TD, Andrew Finicle 4 for 41yds, Noah Kirk 1 for 5yds.
Hollars had a 82yd kick off return for a TD. Matt Cox had a 29yd return.