Knoxville — The Knoxville Panthers fell to 2-4 on the season last night, after a homecoming loss to the Carlisle Wildcats.
The Panthers were plagued by penalties throughout the early goings of the first quarter. The Wildcats capitalized on them to jump to an early 14-0 lead.
In the later part of the second quarter, the Panthers showed more signs of life. A fake punt led to a big gain that set up the Panthers' first touchdown.
When the Panthers came back onto the field after halftime, they received the kickoff. The team quickly marched down the field for its second and last score.
After that, the Panthers could not find a rhythm or momentum to combat the fired-up Wildcats. The final score was 34-13 in favor of Carlisle.
Despite the loss, the first things Coach Troy Rider told his team is that it is not about wins and losses, it is about building men. He told his team, who were very emotional, that he was proud of them.
The loss likely takes the Panthers out of playoff contention this season. There are still games to play, and the Panthers will travel to Chariton Friday night.
Chariton is coming off a 35-0 loss at the hands of the Pella Dutch. In other Marion County football news, the Melcher-Dallas Saints fell to H-L-V 33-8. That is the Saints' first loss of the season. Pella Christian also suffered a loss, falling to Ogden, 28-14. Pleasantville lost to Lynnville-Sully at the Trojans' homecoming, 70-0.
Look for much more on Marion County's high school football games in the Oct. 5 Journal-Express.