On the very next play, Derek Glover collected Knoxville's second interception of the night. This led to another Spaur touchdown, this one for 37 yards, with 9:09 left in the game, bringing the score to 42-20.
PCM scored once more, with 5:11 left, and successfully converted for two points, making the final score 42-28. Spaur added another long run, this one for 80 yards, which would have been one more touchdown. The ball was brought back, due to a holding call on the Panthers.
"It was a great chance for us to respond to a little adversity," Rider told the Journal-Express after the game. "We put ourselves in a hole early and our kids did a great job of responding to that and battling back."
"I'm excited," Davis said. "We haven't started at 1-0 for a while."
"We came out, knowing that they're going to be a good team, so we came out and showed what we can do and hopefully we can come out and get Newton next week," Spaur said.
"It's a good start for the team. It's a team effort," Shelford said. He added that he was thankful for the support of the fans.
Full comments by the coach and these players can be viewed in videos accompanying this article.
In other Marion County football news, Pella fell to Marshalltown, Pella Christian defeated Lynnville-Sully, Melcher-Dallas defeated cross-county rival Twin Cedars and Pleasantville fell to Eddyville-Blakesburg.
Look for much more on Friday night football in the Aug. 31 Journal-Express.