2018 KMAC Recap

Highland won the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference title for the second straight year, while Northmor finished one game back in second place and East Knox finished two games back in third place.

KNOX COUNTY – After 10 weeks of regular season football, only two Knox Morrow Athletic Conference teams advanced to the playoffs – Highland (the conference champion) and Northmor (the runner-up).

But the 2018 regular season featured several thrilling matchups as well as some standout individual performances. Here is a look back at who led the conference statistically, and how each team stacked up by the numbers:

Standings:

  1. Highland (7-0, 9-1) ... earned five seed in Division IV Region 14. Will play at four-seed Clearview (9-1) in the first round of the playoffs.
  2. Northmor (6-1, 9-1) … earned three seed in Division VI Region 23. Will host Southeastern (7-3) in the first round of the playoffs.
  3. East Knox (5-2, 8-2)
  4. Danville (4-3, 4-6)
  5. Centerburg (3-4, 5-5)
  6. Cardington-Lincoln (2-5, 2-8)
  7. Fredericktown (1-6, 1-9)
  8. Mount Gilead (0-7, 0-10)

Conference champion: Highland Fighting Scots (second straight year)

Season in one sentence:

  • Highland – Knocked off East Knox and Northmor in back-to-back weeks to end the regular season, clinching its second straight KMAC title and playoff berth.
  • Northmor – Fell one game short of a conference title, but earned its second straight (and second ever) playoff bid.
  • East Knox – Finished ninth in Region 23 for the second straight year, just one spot away from a playoff berth, but beat arch-rival Danville for the first time since 2005.
  • Danville – Missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but won four of its last five games.
  • Centerburg – Improved its overall record by three wins from last season, but couldn’t contend with the conference’s top four.
  • Cardington-Lincoln – Despite the Pirates’ record, they were rarely ever blown out, and they finished the season strong with consecutive wins.
  • Fredericktown – Struggled against everyone but Mount Gilead, as the Freddies' lack of depth proved costly against bigger teams.
  • Mount Gilead – Went winless for the second straight season (the streak is now at 22 games) and only came close to beating two teams – Centerburg and Cardington.

Points scored:

  1. Highland (42.7 points per game)
  2. East Knox (42.1)
  3. Northmor (35.5)
  4. Danville (26.5)
  5. Cardington-Lincoln (17.2)
  6. Centerburg (15.1)
  7. Fredericktown (11.5)
  8. Mount Gilead (7.4)

Points surrendered:

  1. East Knox (13.5 points per game)
  2. Highland (14.2)
  3. Northmor (16.5)
  4. Centerburg (23.5)
  5. Danville (24.4)
  6. Cardington-Lincoln (31.9)
  7. Fredericktown (36.2)
  8. Mount Gilead (42.7)

Non-conference strength of schedule (by opponents’ combined record):

  1. Danville (25-5)
  2. Northmor (20-10)
  3. Fredericktown (20-10)
  4. Highland (14-16)
  5. Mount Gilead (14-16)
  6. Centerburg (13-17)
  7. Cardington-Lincoln (12-18)
  8. East Knox (3-27)

Individual passing:

  1. Kadden Lester (East Knox) – 2,378 yards (110-of-182), 21 TDs, 6 INTs
  2. Dalton David (Danville) – 1,569 yards (106-of-184), 16 TDs, 5 INTs
  3. Hunter Mariotti (Northmor) – 1,280 yards (87-of-129), 16 TDs, 3 INTs
  4. Nate Rodgers (Mount Gilead) – 818 yards (84-of-177), 5 TDs, 10 INTs
  5. Terry Fearn (Fredericktown) – 748 yards (72-of-147), 7 TDs, 8 INTs
  6. Ian Taylor (Highland) – 544 yards (38-of-71), 8 TDs, 4 INTs
  7. Nate Hickman (Cardington-Lincoln) – 509 yards (37-of-94), 6 TDs, 10 INTs
  8. John Sheasby (Centerburg) – 476 yards (53-of-108), 5 TDs, 2 INTs

Individual rushing:

  1. Conor Becker (Northmor) – 1,931 yards (8.4 yards per carry), 29 TDs
  2. Mason Goers (Cardington-Lincoln) – 1,456 yards (6.2 yards per carry), 14 TDs
  3. Kasson Krownapple (East Knox) – 1,379 yards (8.7 yards per carry), 29 TDs
  4. Brody Matthews (Highland) – 914 yards (6.7 yards per carry), 11 TDs
  5. John Sheasby (Centerburg) – 810 yards (4.2 yards per carry), 7 TDs
  6. Tate Tobin (Highland) – 771 yards (7.9 yards per carry), 19 TDs
  7. Brock Veley (Highland) – 746 yards (9.3 yards per carry), 6 TDs
  8. Chris Greenawalt (Danville) – 698 yards (5.3 yards per carry), 7 TDs
  9. Jack Weaver (Highland) – 677 yards (8.8 yards per carry), 4 TDs
  10. Terry Fearn (Fredericktown) – 470 yards (3.6 yards per carry), 3 TDs

Individual receiving:

  1. Corbin Hazen (Danville) – 49 receptions, 690 yards, 6 TDs
  2. Caleb Gallwitz (East Knox) – 44 receptions, 973 yards, 9 TDs
  3. Gavin Ramos (Northmor) – 28 receptions, 275 yards, 2 TDs
  4. Alex Holt (Danville) – 24 receptions, 410 yards, 7 TDs
  5. Stephen Schmitt (Centerburg) – 22 receptions, 209 yards, 0 TDs
  6. Jack Fitzpatrick (Fredericktown) – 21 receptions, 285 yards, 0 TDs
  7. Dawson Moreland (East Knox) – 18 receptions, 357 yards, 3 TDs
  8. Cole Dille (Northmor) – 18 receptions, 283 yards, 2 TDs
  9. Blake Miller (Northmor) – 17 receptions, 311 yards, 4 TDs
  10. Conor Becker (Northmor) – 17 receptions, 282 yards, 4 TDs
  11. Trey Brininger (Cardington-Lincoln) – 17 receptions, 280 yards, 5 TDs
  12. Mason Finnell (Fredericktown) – 17 receptions 190 yards, 3 TDs
  13. Weston Melick (East Knox) – 16 receptions, 374 yards, 3 TDs
  14. Langon Johnson (Danville) – 16 receptions, 216 yards, 1 TD
  15. Kasson Krownapple (East Knox) – 15 receptions, 342 yards, 2 TDs

Defensive statistics, such as tackles and sacks, were not included due to stat-keeping inconsistencies from school to school. Season stats were collected from each school’s coaching staff. All-conference honors will be released at a later date.

In playoff action, Northmor will host Southeastern on Friday night, while Highland will face Clearview on Saturday night. Both games will kick off at 7 p.m.

Looking back at 2017:

  • Danville and Highland split the inaugural KMAC title.
  • Northmor finished third, East Knox placed fourth in the conference.
  • Seniors Skyler Durbin (Danville) and Demetrius Johnson (Northmor) led the conference in passing and rushing, respectively.
  • Hazen led the KMAC in receiving (53 receptions for 820 yards).
  • Danville lost in the state semifinals, while Highland and Northmor both lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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