Kieran Nichols

Knoxville's Kieran Nichols (center) gives the play call during practice.

Who: Knoxville (0-1) vs Keokuk (1-0)

Where: Knoxville

When: Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Matchup history

First matchup in QuikStats era (since 2006).

One key player for Knoxville

Logan Clark led Knoxville with 4.5 tackles last week. He will have a tough matchup this week with Keokuk’s Corey Skinner, a do-it-all QB for the Chiefs. In Keokuk’s opening win against Clark County, Skinner was 9-of-17 passing with 121 yards and would also call his own number 24 times on the ground for 156 yards and one touchdown. Clark will have to track Skinner when he decides to run but also cover the middle when he drops back to pass. Clark’s eyes will key and his anticipation will need to match his already great motor.

Keys for Knoxville

The Panthers were a play or two away from winning against Fairfield without their starting quarterback and a freshman taking his place. Kieran Nichols’s availability for this game will be big as the senior QB is recovering from a broken wrist. His return would be a huge boost to a Knoxville offense that was held to seven points in week one. Knoxville had 314 yards of offense but had trouble finishing drives. They will need to finish drives with points against the Chiefs. Defensively, it will all be about slowing down Skinner. Keokuk’s running backs stepped up when he handed it off as they ran for 241 yards as a team, but getting the ball out of Skinner’s hands, if possible, might be a good idea.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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