Second-half swoon dooms Royals


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KNIGHTSTOWN — Eastern Hancock will have to wait another year to get its hands on the Plow Share & Anvil trophy after falling to rival Knightstown 38-20 Friday night.

The Panthers (4-1) have kept the trophy safe in Knightstown since 2008, and will do so again this year after a dominating second-half performance that saw them outscore the visiting Royals (2-3) 26-7.

The current EH seniors will have gone all four years without beating their counterparts from six miles away, a difficult truth not lost on EH coach Pat Echeverria.

“Anytime there’s a traveling trophy at stake with the rivalry, it’s something you want to be a part of and have a chance to hold,” said Echeverria, whose team fell for the third straight week. “The thing is, when we do get this thing, those seniors are going to be just as much a part of it even if they’re not on the team because they’re helping lay the foundation.

“Hopefully we’ll start to see more success in the ‘W’ column.”

The Royals led 13-12 at half on the strength of quarterback Logan Splater and hard running by Spencer Gilbert.

On 4th-and-4 from the Knightstown 35 late in the first quarter, Splater found wide receiver Cooper Henderson open in the flats. Henderson shook off his defender and not only garnered the first down, but outran the Panther defense for a touchdown to put the visitors up 7-0.

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