Knoxville football

The Knoxville defense lines up.

CARLISLE — The Wildcats run game ran wild on Friday as Knoxville made the trip north to Carlisle for their regular season finale, ultimately falling 63-14.

After trailing 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Panther offense responded well with a pair of touchdowns.

Gavin Montalvo, who finished with 43 yards on 10 carries, had a rushing touchdown while Kieren Nichols connected with his go-to receiver, Mike Hudson, for a 10-yard TD.

Nichols was 9-of-20 passing for 75 yards, one touchdown and one interception while Hudson caught seven passes for 67 yards.

The offense wasn’t able to find the end zone in the second half and Carlisle’s offense continued to punch the ball downfield. The Wildcats would finish with 351 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in the contest, led by Jonathan Dunn’s 139 yards on nine carries with four TDs.

Knoxville (1-6) will hit the road to Fort Madison (6-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. for the first round of the playoffs.

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

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