By Greg McIntosh
The Powell County Football team has two games remaining in their district schedule. This past Friday, Powell traveled to Knott Central for one of those games. Knott got the ball first and quickly scored a touchdown to lead 6-0. Powell took just 2:00 to score a touchdown of their own. Nathan Skidmore ran in for a 1 yard score and Mike Mattingly added the extra point. Powell led 7-6. Knott scored using just 1:05 off the clock. Knott led 12-7.
Powell used up more of the clock and scored. Skidmore ran for a 9 yard touchdown and Mattingly kicked the extra point. Powell led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The see-saw game continued in the second quarter. Knott scored again to regain the lead. Powell scored in 1:12 on a 24 yard touchdown run. Powell led 20-18. The Powell defense held Knott on downs. Skidmore scored on a 50 yard touchdown run to give Powell a 26-18 lead. Knott scored with just 46 seconds left in the half to tie the game at 26-26. Powell moved quickly down the field. Jon Brooks connected with Elijah Oertli on a 21 yard touchdown pass. Skidmore ran for the two point conversion. Powell led 34-26 at halftime.
Powell got the ball to start the second half. The Pirates moved the ball on the ground and scored. Ryan Vanover ran for a 9 yard touchdown and Skidmore ran for the two point conversion. Powell increased their lead to 42-26. Knott scored again to cut the lead to 8 points. Vanover ran for a 35 yard touchdown to put the Pirates up by 14 points. Knott scored another touchdown to cut the lead to 48-42 at the end of three quarters.
Powell got on the scoreboard again with a 10 yard touchdown run from Skidmore. Brooks ran for the two point conversion to give Powell a 56-42 lead just into the fourth quarter. Drew Ginter intercepted a Knott pass. The Pirates scored again on a Skidmore 16 yard run. Powell now led 62-42. Knott scored but the Pirates answered with a Brooks to Vanover touchdown pass. Powell won the offensive contest 70-50 over Knott.
Powell now stands at 3-5 overall and 2-2 in district play. Nathan Skidmore had 200 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Ryan Vanover had 104 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Jon Brooks was 12 out of 16 passing with two touchdowns.
Powell travels to Magoffin County on Friday for their final district game of the regular season. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m