Who: Oskaloosa (1-0) vs Knoxville (0-1)
Where: Statesmen Community Stadium in Oskaloosa
When: Friday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Oskaloosa is 4-2 against Knoxville since 2012 with the Indians winning 30-14 in the most recent meeting in 2019. The game featured nine total turnovers between the two teams. Osky was led by 292 total yards and two touchdowns from quarterback William Schultz while Carter Bailey led Knoxville with 124 rushing yards on 13 carries with one touchdown.
One key player for Oskaloosa
Senior running back Darryl Fane is coming off a 15 carry, 91-yard rushing performance in Osky’s week one win over Ottumwa. Knoxville gave up 273 yards and five touchdowns on the ground last week against Newton. Fane should have opportunities to establish the run game in what could be a heavy ground attack for the Indians.
One key player for Knoxville
Now with a game under his belt, sophomore quarterback Noah Keefer knows what he can expect from a varsity game against 4A team. Keefer was limited to 1-of-5 passing with one interception but he made some nice plays with his feet by rushing for 30 yards. He will need to not only extend and make plays with his feet but he will need to hit his targets in the passing game to loosen up the Oskaloosa defense against their running game.
Keys to the game
For Oskaloosa it will be about establishing the running game and limiting their miscues like penalties and turnovers that could flip the momentum to Knoxville. For the Panthers it will about finishing drives. Knoxville had some good long drives going against Newton but they saw them all stall with turnovers or punts. They will need to finish drives or find ways to get to explosive plays to put them in the end zone. The Indians showed against Ottumwa how they can be a dangerous balanced offense. The defense will have a chance to fly around against the Knoxville rushing attack as the players should be fired up to get to play in front of the home crowd for the first time this season with a chance to improve to 2-0.