At just a sophomore, Gavin Montalvo made a huge impact on both sides of the ball while helping Knoxville to a 27-26 win over Keokuk for their first victory of the season.
Offensively, Montalvo rushing for 116 yards on 21 carries, good enough for 5.5 yards per carry, and two touchdowns. He was a consistent presence for the Panthers in the run game in his first start at fullback.
Defensively, he finished with four tackles and a team-high two sacks and even had a nice kick return for 26 yards on special teams.
After having two tackles last week, he now ranks tied for fourth on the team with six tackles this season.
Montalvo and Knoxville (1-1) will try to keep things going this week when they host Pella on Friday at 7:30 p.m.