by Gary Andrews
The Southwood Knight football team battled Whitko in a shoot out Friday, with the Wildcats edging the Knights in a 41-35 battle.
Southwood would strike first just one minute into the game when quarterback Robbie Cole found Jackson Blair from 21 yards out to take a 7-0 lead after the Zach Hobson extra point. Whitko would respond with two rushing touchdowns in the quarter to lead the Knights 14-7 after one.
The shoot out would happen in the second quarter when each team scored three times. The Knights looked like they were going to take control, using a 6-play 65-yard drive with Nathan Hollars scoring from 9 yards out to tie the game at 14. After holding Whitko, Robbie Cole found Danny Goff on the first play for a 75-yard scoring strike to take a 21-14 lead. Whitko would respond with a 68-yard run to tie the game when the Knights would go again. On the Knights second play of the drive, Hollars broke loose for 58 yards to find pay dirt to go up 28-21. In the last four minutes Whitko would score two more times to lead at the half 35-28.
Whitko would strike first in the third quarter on an 18-yard pass play, missing the extra point to lead 41-28. The Knights would go 60 yards in two plays for their next score with Robbie Cole taking it in from 4 yards out, making it 41-35 with a quarter to go.
Neither team could muster a score in the fourth quarter as Whitko held on to defeat Southwood 41-35.