HOWARD — East Knox scored enough points in the first half Friday to last two games, and rumbled its way to its fourth straight win, 55-0, in its Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference opener against visiting Mount Gilead.
The Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0) scored seemingly at will for most of the game, and used the big play for all of its offensive touchdowns. The smallest yardage on any of their touchdown plays was 31, and they had TD runs of 83 and 52 yards and TD passes of 45 and 62 yards.
East Knox racked up 578 total yards, 357 on 32 carries and 221 on 7-of-11 passing by Kadden Lester. Lester threw for four TDs, three to Caleb Gallwitz (147 yards), and RB Kasson Krownapple, who rushed for 267 yards on only 16 carries, scored three. Krownapple was the first to hit paydirt with 5:26 to play in the first quarter on a 34-yard run, and Lester completed a 45yard TD pass to Caleb Gallwitz with 2:46 left to put the Bulldogs up, 14-0.
The second quarter could live long in an annals of East Knox sports. The Bulldogs scored five TDs, two each by Krownapple and Gallwitz, and held a 46-0 halftime lead. Gallwitz began it with a 62-yard catch at the 10:38 mark, and Krownapple had consecutive TD runs of 36 and 83 yards which put the lead at 34-0 with 5:55 left in the half.
After Gage Steinmetz took the lead to 40-0 with a 31-yard toss from Lester with 2:32 to play, East Knox got one more chance, and Gallwitz hauled in a 31-yarder with 47 seconds on the clock.
The defense, which made 11 tackles for loss and held the Indians (0-4, 0-1) to 131 total yards, contributed a score in the third quarter, as LB Dawson David sacked Mount Gilead QB Nathan Rogers in the end zone for a safety. Chase Darr capped the scoring with a 52-yard run with 2:56 to play in the third.
Rogers completed only 6 of 18 passes for 53 yards, and Brandon Strickland ran nine times for 26 yards.
East Knox will take its 4-0 record to Cardington next Friday to take on the winless Pirates at 7 p.m.