PHS coasts to win, clinches playoff spot


MACKADE MELLA, Plymouth wide receiver, scores a touchdown on a 27-yard pass from quarterback Cade Knaus in Friday’s rain-soaked ECC football game versus Winneconne. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke MACKADE MELLA, Plymouth wide receiver, scores a touchdown on a 27-yard pass from quarterback Cade Knaus in Friday’s rain-soaked ECC football game versus Winneconne. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke WINNECONE – The Plymouth Panthers clinched a berth in the state football playoffs for an impressive 16th straight season with a 45-7 rout over Winneconne here Friday night.

The Panthers raised their East Central Conference record to 4-2 (5-3 overall) and hold down third in the standings. Kewaskum clinched at least a share of the ECC title with a 22-0 win over Berlin Friday night. Kewaskum is 6-0, followed by Berlin at 5-1.

The Winneconne Wolves fell to 3-3 in the ECC (3-5 overall).

“We played a very complete game – outstanding defense, balanced offense and no turnovers,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.

Seniors Derek Novotny and Mackade Mella played big roles in the Panthers’ dominant victory. Novotny, a tailback, rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns.


DEREK NOVOTNY, Plymouth tailback, runs behind the blocking of Mackade Mella ((13) and Korey Friederichs (76) in Friday’s ECC football game versus Winneconne. Jack Nytes (44) blocks a Winneconne player. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke DEREK NOVOTNY, Plymouth tailback, runs behind the blocking of Mackade Mella ((13) and Korey Friederichs (76) in Friday’s ECC football game versus Winneconne. Jack Nytes (44) blocks a Winneconne player. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke Mella, who plays wide receiver and linebacker, had a 12-yard fumble return on defense for a TD on the first play of the game and had a 27-yard TD reception from quarterback Cade Knaus.

PHS junior tailback Josh Koll ran for two TDs and 91 yards.

Plymouth’s defense forced four turnovers. Jack Nytes recovered a fumble, and Mella and Aiden Reilly had one interception each.

“Mackade Mella had an amazing game. Derek ran very hard and made people miss all night,” said coach Knaus.

“A 4-0 turnover margin was huge for us to turn the game lopsided. We are continuing to get better each week and keep the winning streak alive.”

PHS has won its last two games. The Panthers will end their regular season Friday at home versus ECC foe Campbellsport at 7 p.m.


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