Defense, rushing ignite Panthers over Falls

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent


MACKADE MELLA of Plymouth blocks the punt by Sheboygan Falls’ Brandon Senglaub in Friday’s football game. Also rushing the punter for the Panthers are Josh Koll (22) and Gabe Haun. Koll recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke MACKADE MELLA of Plymouth blocks the punt by Sheboygan Falls’ Brandon Senglaub in Friday’s football game. Also rushing the punter for the Panthers are Josh Koll (22) and Gabe Haun. Koll recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke SHEBOYGAN FALLS – Since the WIAA moved the Plymouth Panthers moved out of the Eastern Wisconsin Conference in 2014, their rival Sheboygan Falls Falcons have had the upper hand on offense en route to two straight football wins over PHS.

Plymouth turned the table over their nonconference rivalry as the Panthers’ defense held the Falcons to just 22 rushing yards and gained a 21-6 win for their first victory of the season here Friday night. Both teams are 1-1.

“We wanted to stop their run game,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus. “Our defense was outstanding tonight. The last two years the Falcons’ run game has dominated us.”


JT PETRIE, Sheboygan Falls quarterback, unloads a pass while being hit by Plymouth linebacker Josh Koll in Friday’s football game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke JT PETRIE, Sheboygan Falls quarterback, unloads a pass while being hit by Plymouth linebacker Josh Koll in Friday’s football game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke While Knaus gave accolades to his defense, the Panthers’ offense also stepped up with 213 yards rushing.

Junior running back Josh Koll ran 17 times for 116 yards with one touchdown and senior running back Derek Novotny had 16 carries for 103 yards.

“Koll ran hard tonight and was good relief for Novotny,” Knaus stated.

“Novotny is a good athlete and dealt with some cramping later in the game. It’s a nice 1-2 punch to have.”

“They took away our run game tonight,” said Falcon head coach Brian Berlin. “The Panthers did a great job of stuffing our inside game and when we tried to get outside we weren’t able to succeed at that either.”

Both teams traded punts in the first quarter without much offense.

With about eight minutes left in the second quarter Plymouth scored on a 10-play, 55- yard drive to take the lead 7-0.

Panther quarterback Cade Knaus connected with Novotny for 9 yards to the Falcons 46-yard line. Novotny picked up the first down with a 4-yard run.

On the next play, Koll slashed his way to the 30 with a 12-yard run. Knaus completed a fourth- down pass to Ben Olsen for 15 yards to the Falcons’ 8.

Two plays later, Knaus rolled out and hit fullback Jack Nytes for a 7-yard TD catch. Cooper Gosse kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 4:17 left in the first half.

Falls had its best drive of the first half on the ensuing kickoff. However the Panthers’ “D” once again stopped the run and kept the Falcons from moving past the 50 in the first half.

Falcons QB JT Petrie completed two passes to Nick Bimmel for 22 yards but the run game failed to get the needed first down to keep the drive going right before the end of the half.

The PHS special teams came up big in the third quarter – blocking Falcon punter Brandon Senglaub’s punt which resulted in a TD. Mackade Mella blocked the punt and Koll recovered the ball in the end zone for the score. Gosse’s kick made the score 14-0 with 7:44 left in the third.

The frustrated Falcon offense came alive in the fourth quarter. A pass-interference penalty on Plymouth gave Falls good field position on its 32. Petrie connected on three straight pass plays to move the ball to the Panthers 13.

Petrie completed a 10-yard pass to Ethan Plier for a first down. Then hit Daniel Fenn for 16 yards and connected with Justin Tenpas for 21 yards.

Determined to get the Falcons on the board, Petrie scrambled 5 yards on fourth down for the TD score. Senglaub’s kick was blocked as the lead was cut to 14-6 with 6:24 left in the fourth.

The Panthers answered quickly with a seven-play, 71- yard TD drive. Koll ran all seven plays for 71 yards and scored on an 8-yard run. Gosse added the kick for a 21-6 lead with 2:34 remaining in the game.

“Koll is a hard runner and made our game plan of running the ball effective tonight,” coach Knaus said. “The offensive line did a great job.”

Plymouth stopped Falls – forcing a sack and three incompletions after the ensuing kickoff.

“Our defense played well in the first half but we ran out of gas late,” Berlin remarked. “We didn’t get physical enough with them.”

Holden Reilly and Koll made one fumble recovery each for the Panthers’ defense.

The Falcons’ Sawyer Teunissen and Tenpas had an interception each.


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