Redhawks fall to No. 8 Huskies, 22-20

Redhawk quarterback Kolt Knaack pictured warming up on Friday, Sept. 1 during North Tama's season opener in Hudson. This past Friday against Nashua-Plainfield, Knaack played all four quarters for the Redhawks. PHOTO BY RUBY F. MCALLISTER

NASHUA — The North Tama football team outscored No. 8 (post-Week 2 poll/The Gazette) Nashua-Plainfield 20-6 in the second half but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 22-20 to the host Huskies last Friday night in a district match-up.

Nashua-Plainfield (2-0) ran for 295 of its 346 yards, led by Titus Evans carrying the ball 29 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Aiden Gelner added 100 yards and one TD.

The Huskies led 20-6 after a third-quarter score, but that’s when North Tama (0-2) started its comeback.

The Redhawks got a 14-yard touchdown run from Tyrus Luker late in the third quarter and an 8-yard TD run for quarterback Kolt Knaack midway through the fourth. Knaack got the two-point conversion run to bring the score to its eventual final.

Luker finished with 90 yards of total offense, gaining 78 yards on four receptions while also rushing for 12 yards. His 39-yard touchdown catch got the Redhawks on the board early in the second half.

Knaack finished 10-for-18 for 168 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran 15 times for 69 yards. Josh Dostal hauled in three pass- es for 52 yards.

Gavin Rausch led the North Tama defense with 12.5 tackles and Knaack had 10 stops. Chaz Hall had a quarterback sack, and Ryan Hosek recovered a fumble.

The Redhawks (0-2) will play their first home game of the season this Friday, Sept. 8, in a district match-up against AGWSR (1-1). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Dennis Field in Traer.