ELNORA – North Daviess continued their home shutout streak as the Cougars (4-1) led 59-0 at halftime on their way to a 72-0 victory against the Rock Creek Academy Lions.
The Cougs, after giving up no points versus Eastern Greene and Washington the past two Friday evenings at Thurman H. Brown Field, manufactured another clean defensive masterpiece while also scoring an even ten touchdowns and adding a dozen in points after via four PAT’s and four two-point conversions.
After an initial three-and-out by the ND defense, sophomore quarterback Brock Knepp hit classmate Drew Boyd for a 9 yard TD pass with senior Zo Jeffers adding the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead three minutes into the contest. Five minutes later, junior Austin Webster picked off a RCA pass for a 35 yard pick-six; freshman Coltyn McNabb tallied the two-point after try as ND led 16-0 with 4:13 in the first stanza.
Homecoming King Jake Miley intercepted the next Rock Creek pass, but Knepp immediately threw one back trying to go deep for senior wideout, Hunter Fine. However, freshman Brees Wolford blocked a Lions’ punt, and a play later, McNabb ran the ball in from eight yards for the first of his team-leading three touchdowns on the night. Senior Spanish foreign exchange student, Vlas Ivanishyn, missed the PAT kick as the scoreboard read 22-0.
The second quarter saw McNabb score from 33 yards at the 10:43 marker; Miley’s royalty was rewarded as he got the two-point run call for a 30-0 North Daviess advantage. Then, at 9:10, Webster recorded a sack and fumble recovery deep in RCA territory. Sophomore Brock Kain scored from two yards away, and Vlas booted his first ever football PAT.
At 6:49, Webster took off on a 60 yard punt return TD, and another lineman, senior Brandon Clark, managed his own two-point conversion for a 45-0 bulge. Junior Elliott Park intercepted and returned the football for a score on Rock Creek’s next possession, however, a flag negated Park’s touchdown. With the ball placed at the 12 yard line, McNabb once again did the honors with Vlas doing the kicking for a 52-0 lead. Hunter Fine did get in on the scoring parade late in the second quarter as his 31 yard run and Vlas’ ensuing PAT accounted for the 59-0 intermission.
The second half was a fast one; with the clock running, Justin Smith and Kain both added rushing touchdowns with Vlas making the first of two PAT tries as time ran out on Rock Creek Academy.
North Daviess now faces a second half schedule that always gets much tougher. Next Friday night, that journey starts with 5-0 Linton. The Miners are ranked in the top 10 in Class 2A, and a year ago handled the Cougars by a 50-14 final. Road games also loom at North Decatur and North Knox before a Week 9 Senior Night home game versus a very good Springs Valley outfit. Game time from Linton’s historic Roy Williams Field is set for 7:00 p.m.