Kuhn powers Panthers to conference rout

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


CODY KUHN of Plymouth busts loose for a 23-yard run to the Campbellsport 4 which set up the Panthers’ first touchdown in Friday’s football game. The Cougars’ Mason Ksioszk pursues Kuhn. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CODY KUHN of Plymouth busts loose for a 23-yard run to the Campbellsport 4 which set up the Panthers’ first touchdown in Friday’s football game. The Cougars’ Mason Ksioszk pursues Kuhn. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CAMPBELLSPORT – Senior tailback Cody Kuhn gashed the Campbellsport defense for a careerhigh 197 yards rushing to propel the Plymouth Panthers to a 35-6 rout in an East Central Conference football game here Friday night.

With a steady rain throughout the game and a wet field, it was not a good night for passing. No problem for the Panthers as they relied on Kuhn to be their workhorse on the ground which was crucial because starting tailback Derek Novotny, the team’s top rusher, was sidelined with a calf injury.

Kuhn lugged the ball 23 times and ran for three touchdowns. He has also played wide receiver this season.

“I thought he ran hard and carried the load well with Derek out. Cody is a great runner and we were confident he could carry the load. He picked his holes well,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.


ERIK OHMAN, Plymouth fullback, scores the Panthers’ first touchdown on a 2-yard plunge in Friday’s football game versus Campbellsport. PHS quarterback Gavin Falk (8) handed off to Ohman. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ERIK OHMAN, Plymouth fullback, scores the Panthers’ first touchdown on a 2-yard plunge in Friday’s football game versus Campbellsport. PHS quarterback Gavin Falk (8) handed off to Ohman. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “While we love having the ability to have options with Cody and Derek and Gavin [Falk, quarterback], on this night it was the Cody show.”

“I think on a wet, sloppy night it comes down to the offensive and defensive line play, and I thought we played very well on both sides of the line,” said Knaus.

The Panthers’ defense stifled the Cougars’ running game most of the night and gave their standout running back Austin Narges little daylight.

The Panthers, who have won five in a row, hiked their first-place ECC record to 5-0 (6-1 overall). Kewaskum and Berlin share second at 4-1. PHS will host Kewaskum Friday at 7 p.m.

Kuhn capped off the Panthers’ scoring with a 52-yard TD dash with 54 seconds left in the third quarter which gave PHS a 35-0 lead. Kuhn cut to the outside and then sprinted down the right sideline to the end zone.

His first TD in the game was on a 4-yard run with 10:04 left in the third period as PHS went up 21-0. The score was set up by a blocked punt by defensive lineman Derek Schweiger. Jake Steinhardt recovered the blocked punt at the Cougar 4 and Kuhn scored on the next play.

“I thought Mackade Mella [outside linebacker] and Derek Schweiger played well defensively and Jake Steinhardt [outside linebacker] recovered two fumbles on the night,” said Knaus.

Mella, inside linebacker Jack Nytes, Schweiger and defensive lineman Gabe Haun led PHS in solo tackles with four each. Mella and Schweiger had a team-high nine total tackles each.


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