Knoxville's big season ends with 46-22 loss to Downs Tri-Valley

Mike Trueblood
Special to The Register-Mail
IHSA playoff football.

DOWNS — One of the best football seasons in Knoxville High School history ended Saturday with a 46-22 loss to Downs Tri-Valley in an IHSA Class 2A game.

It was too much Blake Regenold for Knoxville as the Blue Bullets saw the 6-2, 195-pound Vikings running back rush for 408 yards and five touchdowns in the game.

Knoxville finished the season 9-3 and became one of four Blue Bullets teams to reach the playoff quarterfinals.

Tri-Valley rose to 10-2 and is scheduled to play the winner of Moroa Forsyth (11-0) vs. Rockridge (10-2) in the semifinals next Saturday.

The Blue Bullets fell behind quickly when Downs' opening drive of 64 yards was capped by Regenold's first TD and conversion run for an 8-0 lead.

Regenold rushed for three TDs and 292 yards by halftime to put his team ahead 30-7.

Knoxville's first-half score came on a run by Jaxin Johnson.

A 38-yard run by Regenold helped make it 38-7 after three quarters and his 63-yard scamper pushed the margin to 46-7 midway through the fourth quarter.

Oscar Young's 24-yard TD run and  64-yard pass play from Beau Honecutt to Johnson accounting for the two Knoxville touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Bullets rushed for 170 yards in the game, Johnson gaining 85 and Young 59.