Last year the Wabash football team started the year 4-0 when Southwood paid them a visit in week five, snapping the Apaches win streak. Friday night the scenario was the same, except this time the game was at Southwood. Both teams came in with a potent offensive attack and combined for fifty four points in the first half with the Knights leading 33-21 at the half before a 21 point third quarter put the game out of reach in the Southwood 54-29 win.
The Knights would strike first when Carson Blair hooked up with Peyton Trexler on a 45yd scoring strike for a 7-0 lead. The Apaches would answer in the quarter when Luke Proctor scored from 3yds out with 8.1 left to tie the game.
The scoring pace would increase dramatically in the second quarter. With 11:38 on the clock Blair would find Blake Martz from 26yds out with the extra point being blocked as the Knights led 13-7. Back came Wabash. At 9:24 Sammy Hipskind connected with Eryk Weber for a 75yd touchdown pass. The extra point was no good and the game was tied at 13. On the next possession the Knights would fumble with Apache Levi Robinson recovering. The Apaches would capitalize on the turnover when Hipskind and Weber hooked up again, this time from 10yds out to give Wabash a 21-13 lead. The Knights would bounce right back two minutes later with Blair scoring from 9yds away. The two point conversion attempt was stopped as Wabash held the lead 21-19. The next score came at the 3:44 mark when Blair hit Martz for a 47yd TD pass with Matt Cox running in the two point conversion to give Southwood a 27-21 lead. The Southwood defense would hold the Apaches, giving the offense one more shot before the half, which they converted when Blair and Trexler connected from 34yds out with 1.1 on the clock to give the Knights a 33-21 halftime lead.
With the way the first half unfolded, the feeling on the sideline was whoever struck first in the second half would have the upper hand. That feeling didn’t take long when Matt Cox ran the second half kick off back 74yds for a touchdown to increase the Knight lead to 39-21. The second score in the quarter came when the Knights took advantage of a bad Apache punt snap, getting the ball on the Wabash 15. Blair would then find Martz from 15yds out as the lead grew to 47-21. The last score of the quarter came as time expired when Blair was flushed from the pocket and scampered 59yds to pay dirt for a 54-21 lead.
The lone score of the fourth quarter came with 2:29 left when Jared Holley ran to the end zone from 12yds out for the 54-29 final.
Passing : Blair 15/20 for 327yds, 5TD
Rushing : Whitesel 2/4yds : Simmons 2/30yds : Martz 2/8yds : Cox 9/9yds : Lloyd 2/4yds : Blair 10/73yds, 2TD
Rec : Martz 4/118yds, 3TD : Ball 3/62yds : Trexler 6/130yds, 2TD : Cox 1/11yds : Finicle 1/6yds
Carson Blair set school records with 5 TD passes, 7 TD’s, 400 passing yards
Blake Martz tied his own school record with 3 TD receptions
Passing : Hipskind 10/24 for 174yds, 2TD
Rushing : Proctor 30/162yds, 1TD : Holley 3/42yds, 1TD : Robinson 6/25yds : Kelsheimer 2/17yds :
Rec : 5/121yds, 2TD : Haynes 4/58yds :