Bulldogs shut out Mount Gilead, 27-0
Saturday, September 14th
MOUNT GILEAD — East Knox responded well to last week’s nonconference loss to Utica with Friday’s 27-0 shutout victory over host Mount Gilead.
The Bulldogs (1-2) ran all over the Indians (0-3), gaining 338 yards on 48 carries. Dylan Wears contributed 209 of those yards on 30 rushes, and quarterback Cody Howard ran seven times for 60 yards. The East Knox defense held Mount Gilead to 187 yards on the ground, and to just 18 percent (2-of-11) on third-down conversions. Through the air, the Bulldogs were only 4-of-12, but for 78 yards and the first score of the game.
That score came in the first quarter, when Howard hooked up with Grant Rager on a 33-yard TD pass, which, with Noah Phillips’s kick, put East Knox ahead, 7-0. The Bulldogs ground game helped the team earn 23 first downs on the night, and they carried the team to long scoring drives. Wears scored his first touchdown of the game in the second quarter on a 9-yard run, and East Knox led at the half, 14-0.
Neither team made any progress in the third quarter as the offenses traded possessions, but the Bulldogs tallied once more early in the fourth quarter. Wyatt Jarvis busted through the Mount Gilead defense from 1 yard out to put East Knox up, 21-0. Later, as icing on the cake, Wears scored on a 5-yard run to complete the scoring.
Rager caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs, and Jarvis had one catch for 22 yards.
East Knox will return home after two away games to play Gates Mills Gilmour Academy at 7 p.m. on Friday.
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