HOWARD — Loudonville held a commanding 33-14 lead after three quarters of play on Friday, but East Knox scored two touchdowns in the final minutes of play to keep things interesting before falling 33-27.
The Bulldogs (5-3, 3-2) had difficulty running the ball even with Mason Lyon back in the fold. Lyon ran 16 times for 27 yards, part of the team’s 25 carries for 28 total yards. The bulk of the offense fell to QB Cody Howard, who was 6-of-20 for 127 yards and two TDs. The Redbirds (6-2, 3-2) got 144 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries from Ryan Weber and 72 yards from Kolton Edmondson. QB Lane Harper was efficient, completing 4-of-5 passes for 49 yards. Fumbles troubled both teams, as they combined for nine in the game, but Loudonville lost three to just one for East Knox. Each team threw one interception.
The Redbirds ran its first drive into Bulldog territory before stalling at the 16, and Tucker Bender nailed a 33-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Loudonville scored again with 1:24 to play, as Tristan Bender picked up a blocked punt, the third in the past two weeks for East Knox, and ran it in 16 yards for a 10-0 lead. Another blocked punt in the second quarter gave the Redbirds the ball at the Bulldog 2, and Weber ran it in from 1 yard out for a 17-0 advantage.