Senior Night is earlier in the season this year due to the uncertainty of COVID-19. Valier High School fall sports senior athletes are, left to right, Rylee Gabbard, Skylar Connelly, Brett Stoltz, Erica Ramsey, Brody Connelly and Kylie Christiaens.

The Valier Panthers football team picked up their first win of the season in a high scoring 53-34 victory over conference foe Heart Butte last week. Brody Connelly put on an offensive show as he scored six touchdowns in the victory. 

Connelly opened the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown reception from Tyler VandenBos. He also scored four rushing touchdowns from 23, 13, 27 and 12 yards out to pace the offense. Connelly and VandenBos hooked up for a 60-yard touchdown for the longest reception of the night. 

VandenBos also connected with Rylee Gabbard for a 38-yard score and Cam Stoltz rounded out the Panther scoring with a 12-yard scamper to the end zone. 

“We showed some good things and some bad things,” said head coach John Briggs. “The absence of Brett Stoltz who was out with a strained MCL for the week really hurt us. I was proud of the way the younger boys stepped up and Brody really had a day on both sides of the ball. We are still learning how to win and not make silly mistakes but we played well enough to get the win.”

The Panthers return to the field this weekend for their Homecoming matchup with Power/Dutton/Brady on Friday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.

For more Valier High School sports coverage of last week’s action, pick up a copy or subscribe to The Valierian at http://www.cutbankpioneerpresscom/site/services/

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