Paintsville edges Knox Central 35-30 in back-and-forth Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week

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Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 7:08 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT
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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - It was another big time matchup on our Appalachian Wireless Game of the Week in the fifth week of the high school football season.

Knox Central entered Friday’s contest at 3-1, while Paintsville entered at 1-3.

It was a back and forth first half that saw back and forth scores, first two quick scores by Paintsville to take a 14-0 lead. However, Knox Central took that punch to the mouth, got up and punched right back. Two quick scores, but two unsuccessful two-point conversions would get Knox Central back in it. By halftime, each team notched another touchdown, the score 20-18 at the break.

Knox Central got the ball to start the third quarter, and quarterback Steve Partin, who put the team on his back all night long, drove in to score to give Knox Central the lead. But another missed two-pointer would keep it within one score at 24-20.

Next drive, Paintsville wastes no time answering, they handed it off to Harris Phelps and the man found pay dirt to put Paintsville back ahead 28-24.

Paintsville then proceeded to successfully recover a high-arching onside kick. The Tigers drove down the field and got into the end zone to extend the lead back to two scores at 35-24.

However, Knox Central’s Steve Partin would not back down, driving the Panthers back down the field and calling his own number once again on a four-yard scamper into the end zone early in the fourth quarter to bring Knox Central closer at 35-30.

Knox Central got the ball back with plenty of time to make a bit more noise, but a late turnover gave the ball back to Paintsville.

The Tigers 35-30 win in this one improves their record to 2-3, with Knox Central falling to 3-2 on the season. Both teams have the week to rest up with a bye week next week.