It was homecoming night at Wabash as the Apaches played host to county rival Southwood, putting their 4-0 record on the line. The start of the game had a slight delay when the Apache horse did a little business on the field, with Southwood athletic director Tom Finicle removing the business so the teams could get down to business.
The Knights had the ball first with the Apache defense holding and forcing a punt. The Wabash offense would feed off the defense, mounting a 17 play drive that ended on a 1yd Luke Proctor TD run to put the Apaches up 7-0 with 1:00 to go in the quarter.
Southwood’s first possession of the second quarter resulted in a punt that was botched with Wabash’s Jordan Holley picking it up and taking it in with 11:21 on the clock for a 14-0 lead. The Knights would respond however, mounting a 17 play, 83yd drive that ended with a 7yd Carson Blair to Peyton Trexler TD pass to make it 14-7 with 6:19 on the clock. Wabash would try to answer the Southwood TD, but Trexler would pick off a Sammy Hipskind pass and score his second touchdown in three minutes to knot the score at 14 at the half.
With 7:17 left in the third quarter the game was delayed because of lightning for a little over an hour. When play resumed the action was as hot as the lightning they waited on. With the ball on the Southwood 28, Hipskind would connect with Owen Yeadon for a touchdown with 3:08 on the clock as the Apaches grabbed a 21-14 lead, but back came the Knights. With the ball on their own 13 Blair and the Knights would go to the air with the last being a Blair to Trexler connection from 30yds out to knot the score at 21 with a quarter to go.
The Knights looked like they were going to take the lead early in the fourth when they had the ball first and goal on the Wabash five, but couldn’t punch it in against a stiff Apache defense. The Apaches were mounting a drive and had the ball deep in Southwood territory when Trexler picked off Hipskind a second time, racing 80yds down the sideline for a touchdown with 3:23 left to give the Knights a 28-21 lead. After a Wabash first down it was the Knight defense that would come up big, getting sacks from Ortega and Louck, making the Apaches try and convert a 4th and 26 to keep the drive alive. The Apaches came up 9yds short on the play with the Knights taking over the ball and running out the clock for the 28-21 win.
Passing : Carson Blair 15 of 29 for 231yds, 2TD
Rushing : Carson Blair 6/14yds : Matt Cox 7/24yds : Jon Berlier 18/59yds
Rec : Zach Ball 4/37yds : Peyton Trexler 5/111yds, 2TD : Jeffery Finicle 4/39yds : Matthew Nose 2/44yds
Passing : Sammy Hipskind 7 for 12 for 75yds, 1TD
Rushing : Sammy Hipskind 14/101yds : Luke Proctor 21/62yds, 1TD : Justin Beauchamp 3/11yds : Owen Yeadon 3/6yds
Rec : Owen Yeadon 3/62yds, 1TD : Ben Dillon 2/7yds : Justin Beauchamp 2/6yds