Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Class 4a: Knoch Northwest Eight Conference

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Class 4a: Knoch Northwest Eight Conference

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Soon after he was hired as Knoch's new coach over the winter, Brandon Mowry was trying to find ways to get people excited about his team. The long-time former assistant has seen how football can bring the community together, and he didn't want to wait until the fall to begin generating buzz.

Instead, he encouraged his players to turn out and support other athletic teams. Basketball games. Wrestling matches. His guys were there for many of them, and their support was appreciated.

"I actually had some basketball parents come up to me and talk about that because we've never really done that before," Mowry said. "Folks come out and they support us at our home games and they travel away, so just to return that favor to everyone else was ... it looks good and it makes people feel good about us and about the school itself."

So does winning, and that's the next step in the process for a program that hasn't done a whole lot of it lately. The Knights have not made the playoffs since 2014 and haven't won a game in the postseason since 2011, when they advanced to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game.

Fortunately, they have some important pieces in place to help with the pursuit.

One of the most important is senior running back Matt Goodlin, who had a spectacular 2018 in Knoch's triple-option offense. His 1,461 yards - which came at an impressive clip of 7.6 per carry - put him 17th among WPIAL rushing leaders. He also added 15 touchdowns.

Goodlin's blockers aren't bad, either. The Knights are losing two captains along the offensive front but still return a fair amount of experience.

Maison Frank is a senior who has seen a lot of action at center. Senior Cole Lassinger brings size to the group at 6 feet 3, 285 pounds. Then there are juniors Hunter Roenigk and Dalton Reed who played quite a bit as sophomores last year. …

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