Thanks to Castle’s stellar line play, Reitz’s skill players were seemingly missing in action in the Knights’ 17-0 victory on Friday night at Paradise.
After displaying its skill players in great dexterity in a 28-16 win over Paducah Tilghman the previous week at Reitz Bowl, Reitz struggled to do much of anything against Castle.
“We knew we were in for a battle coming up here,” said first-year Panthers coach Andy Hape. “I have got to do a better job of putting guys into position to be successful. Castle was big and physical up front.”
Reitz gained 64 net yards on the ground on 23 carries. Starting quarterback Austin Reagan was 11-for-19 passing for 72 yards. He had two intercepted. His replacement, Austin Volkman, was 2-for-6 for four yards with one interception.
Reitz, 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the SIAC, will play at Central (3-0, 1-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday. The teams split last year; Central won 36-31 during the regular season and the Panthers prevailed, 43-42, in overtime in the Class 4A sectional.
The Bears are 3-0 for the first time since the 2007 teams started 4-0 en route to finishing 7-4.