Panthers fall to Berlin in ECC showdown


MACKADE MELLA, Plymouth wide receiver, attempts to break a tackle by a Berlin defender after catching a pass in Friday’s ECC football game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke MACKADE MELLA, Plymouth wide receiver, attempts to break a tackle by a Berlin defender after catching a pass in Friday’s ECC football game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke BERLIN – The Plymouth Panthers outgained host Berlin 392-245 in total offensive yardage but fell shy, 28-21, in an East Central Conference football showdown Friday night.

PHS and the Indians are considered two of the ECC title contenders. Berlin and Kewaskum share the lead at 2-0 while the Panthers are in a four-way tie for second place at 1-1.

“They capitalized more on opportunities then we did. They made more big plays then we did. We struggled to finish drives,” said PHS head coach Dan Knaus whose team is 2-2 overall.

“We made more mental mistakes then we usually do. They played better on special teams.”

The Indians (3-1 overall) took a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter when quarterback Lane Sobieski threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Krebs The extra-point kick failed.

Berlin all but sealed the win on a 60-yard interception for a TD by linebacker Alex Olafson, followed by a two-point conversion which made it 28-14.

Knaus pointed out bright spots for his team.

“We moved the ball very well, we just didn’t finish drives. Derek [Novotny] ran very hard and Aiden Reilly step up at receiver for us,” he said.

Novotny, a senior tailback, ran for two TDs and had a game-high 133 yards rushing. Reilly, a sophomore split end, caught six passes for a gamehigh 86 yards in receiving.

Linebacker Jack Nytes led the PHS defense in solo tackles with six and total stops, 10.



DEREK NOVOTNY, Plymouth tailback, tries to break free from a Berlin player in Friday’s ECC football game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke DEREK NOVOTNY, Plymouth tailback, tries to break free from a Berlin player in Friday’s ECC football game. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke

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