by Gary Andrews
The old saying "it's not over til it's over" hit the nail right on the head Friday for the Southwood football team as the Knights used some fourth quarter heroics to nip Tippecanoe Valley 34-33 on a 23 yard field goal by Zach Hobson with six seconds remaining in the game.
Hobson would actually score the first and last points for the Knights. Valley would get the ball first, when on the third play Corey Phillipy would recover a fumble. Robbie Cole and the Knight offense would go to work from the 50. Cole hit Danny Goff to the 35 when it looked as though the drive would stall. On 4th and 13 Cole found Goff again to the Viking 20, then Jacob Lloyd yard to the 13. After two incomplete passes, Hobson would connect on a 30-yard field goal to give Southwood a 3-0 lead. On Valley's next drive, Nathan Hollars would pick off a pass on the 24 to stop Valley again. The Knight offense ended up punting and Valley responded this time, scoring from 1 yard out to lead 7-3 after one.
Valley would score on their first possession of the second quarter, with the extra point being blocked to lead 13-3. Jake Smith would recover a Valley fumble on their second possession and the Knights made them pay. On second down from the 30, Nathan Hollars broke loose to find pay dirt and with a Hobson kick it was 13-10. Southwood would take the lead back on their next trip. After a Nick Rebholz interception put the ball on the Valley 18, Cole would find Jacob Lloyd yard three plays later from 19 yards out with 3:35 to play to give Southwood a 17-13 lead. The potent Valley attack would respond on a 59-yard scoring pass play and led the Knights 19-17 at the half.
Both defenses would tighten the screws in the third quarter, with the lone score coming with just 3.3 seconds on the clock when Valley punched it in to take a 25-17 lead with a quarter to go.
The Knights would mount a long scoring drive to start the fourth quarter. With Cole hitting Lloyd yard, Jackson Blair and Noah Kirk, the Knights moved the ball to the Viking 13 when Cole found Blair with 7:36 remaining to cut the lead to 25-23. Southwood went for two with Cole finding Lloyd yard alone in the end zone and the score was tied at 25. Aided by a Southwood facemask, Valley moved the ball down the filed quickly scoring at 5:04. The Vikings went for two and converted to lead 33-25. On the in suing kickoff,
Nathan Hollars would find a gap at mid field and race 85 yards for a touchdown with 4:45 remaining to make it 33-31. The Knights went for two, but failed and trailed with just under 5:00 left. After Southwood forced Valley to punt, the Knights had one more shot from their own 28 and 2:49 on the clock. A hold on the first play made it 1st and 20, but the Knights didn't panic. Cole would find Goff to the 28, then Jacob Lloyd yard at the 40. Hollars would then rush to the Valley 45. Cole then connected with Blair to the 39 and on the next play Hollars ran to the 30. The Knights kept calm and with 46.6 on the clock Cole found Lloyd yard at the 14. After a Valley time out, Hollars would run twice to the 8, with Southwood calling timeout with 15 seconds left.
The Knights elected to move the ball to field goal position, calling timeout with 9.6 on the clock and the ball on the 6. Zach Hobson then split the uprights with 6 seconds left to give the Knights a 34-33 lead. Not wanting to give Valley a chance for a run back, Hobson hit a squib kick and Valley had one shot from their own 42. As they had the entire game, the Vikings put a pass high in the air for Tanner Andrews to haul down, but was spoiled by the Knight defense to hang on for the 34-33 win.
Robbie Cole was 17 of 31 for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
Nathan Hollars led the rushing attack with 53 yards on 18 carries.
Jacob Lloyd had five catches for 72 yards. Jackson Blair had 5 catches for 59 yards. Danny Goff had 4 catches for 55 yards. Nathan Hollars had two catches for 21 yards. Noah Kirk had one catch for 13 yards.
Nick Rebholz, Noah Kirk and Nathan Hollars each had an interception. Jake Smith and Corey Phillipy had fumble recoveries.
The Knights had 48 tackles on the night, led by Hollars with eight.