Knoxville football

Knoxville's Kieren Nichols (2) hands the ball off to Gavin Montalvo (9).

Who: Knoxville (1-4, 0-3) vs North Polk (0-5, 0-3)

Where: Knoxville

When: Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Matchup history

In the QuikStats era, these two have split their two meetings. North Polk won 44-27 in 2016 while Knoxville got the 36-29 win in 2017.

One key player for Knoxville

Gavin Montalvo and the Knoxville offense have had a tough time since their win against Keokuk the second week of the season. Montalvo leads the team in rushing with 165 yards on 37 carries with two touchdowns. He will need to find some success in the run game again and get Knoxville out of their offensive funk.

Keys for Knoxville

Get the offense going. This is a battle against two struggling offenses that are looking to get back on track. The Panthers average 9.6 points per game while the Comets average 13.6 points per game. Which offense is able to get going will be key. It’s Homecoming for Knoxville which should give the boys an extra jolt this week while colder conditions could provide new challenges.

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

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