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Senior Brody Connelly breaks away from the pack and gains major yardage to puts the Panthers in good field position to score a touchdown during their Homecoming game Friday night in Valier.

The Valier Panthers dropped a conference game to Power/Dutton/Brady (PDB) last weekend 54-19. After losing their starting quarterback on the first play of the game the local gridders rallied, leading 19-16 at the half, but the offense went cold in the second half as PDB took control of the game to earn the win. 

PDB got on the board first and was ahead 8-0 when Brody Connelly scored on a nine-yard rush to pull the Panthers within two, 8-6. Valier opened the second quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run from Jonas Horn. Sage Spinner connected with Brett Stoltz for the PAT and the Panthers took a 13-8 lead. Horn and Stoltz hooked up on a 25-yard touchdown pass later in the period and Valier led 19-8. PDB scored with under a minute remaining in the half and the Panther lead was cut to 19-16. The second half was all PDB as they put up 26 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth to take the 54-19 victory. 

“I was very proud of the way the team played,” said head coach John Briggs. “Particularly our younger players and especially Sage Spinner. To lose Tyler VandenBos the first play of the game was a big blow and I thought Sage did a great job managing the offense and stepping up when the team needed him, especially with as little game time as he’s had this year.”

Although the final score shows a lopsided victory, Briggs pointed out that it wasn’t until the middle of the third quarter that the game started getting away from the Panthers. 

“That’s the nature of 6-man football,” said the coach. “Things can go bad in a hurry. Credit their coaching staff and players for making adjustments.”

The Panthers are back in action this Saturday as they will hit the road to take on North Star. 

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