By John Stepp For The Endzone
KNOX CENTRAL — After jumping out to a 6-0 lead, the Knox Central Panthers were unable to stop the rushing attack of the Bell County Bobcats, losing 34-12.
The Bobcats racked up 309 yards on the ground on 43 carries. Chase Woolum rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns, while Aaron Caldwell finished with 119 yards and two scores.
It was the first time a Knox Central team has lost two games in a row since 2009, when they started the season 0-2..
“That’s just the crazy game of football. You come out and bust your tails and work hard and get off to a good start to the game. Then things start to go bad and we fall apart,” said Knox Central Coach Scott Russell. “I have to blame it on myself. I have to fix that. I don’t know what it is, but we have to find out and get better.”
The Panthers looked like the dominant team to start the game, forcing Bell County to punt on their first possession. Knox Central followed that with their first touchdown of the night, with a six-yard run by Jonathan Gist.
Gist finished the night with 97 yards on 23 carries.
Bell County answered on the ensuing drive, highlighted by a 51-yard pass from quarterback Peyton Collett to Justin Warwick. Caldwell topped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run, to give the Bobcats a 7-6 lead with 1:41 left in the first quarter.
“That long pass they got there on the sideline that led to their first touchdown was big. Then we get a couple penalties and it just snowballs from there,” said Russell. “Things like that dig you in a hole, and you can’t get into a rhythm, then you have to try to do something that you’re not used to doing. That takes you completely out of it.”
Bell County picked up another score in the second quarter on a one-yard run by Woolum to extend the Bobcats lead to 14-6 with 8:13 remaining in the first half. Knox Central would fail to score until late in the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats would pick up three more touchdowns in the second half – a four-yard and 51-yard run from Woolum and a 4-yard run from Caldwell.
“It was a tough game for us tonight, but in my heart I know we’re not a 34-12 team. I give credit to Bell County, but we did a lot of things tonight to hurt ourselves,” said Russell.
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