PHS dominates KML in ECC win

JACKSON – The Plymouth Panthers dominated in all phases as they crushed Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 42-0, in an East Central Conference football game here Friday night.

PHS led 288-15 in total offensive yardage and held the Chargers to minus-3 in passing. The Panthers rushed for 248 yards.

“I thought we came out and executed on offense and defense from the start. We played very well,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.

“The offensive and defensive lines played amazing – controlling both sides of the ball. We also played very well on special teams.”

The Panthers upped their ECC record to 2-0 (3-1 overall). PHS is tied for the league lead with Kewaskum. KML dropped to 0-2 in the ECC (0-4 overall).

Senior wide receiver/running back Cody Kuhn scored a career-high four touchdowns, including one on a 90-yard kickoff return, and junior tailback Derek Novotny had a team-high 109 yards rushing to lead the PHS offense. Novotny ran for two TDs, including a 55-yard gallop.

Kuhn’s kickoff return came at the start of the second half. Novotny also contributed a 47-yard punt return.

The Panthers took command of the game early as they built a 21-0 lead after only one quarter. Novotny scored two TDs and Kuhn had a TD run in the quarter.

“Derek Novotny and Cody Kuhn had outstanding nights scoring TDs. I thought Erik Ohman played very well defensively [at inside linebacker]. Kody Hittsman did a nice job on the defensive line as well,” said Knaus.

The coach was very pleased with how focused his team was as it avoided a letdown after a big win over Berlin, 28-0, a week earlier in ECC play.

“I was very pleased with the way we came out and took care of business. We need to be focused one game at a time,” said Knaus.

Hitsman and Ohman led PHS in total tackles with seven and six, respectively. Hitsman had a team-high three solo tackles.

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