Stillman Valley then ran out the clock, picking up a pair of first downs on third-down runs by Elliott.
Despite the loss, Erie/Prophetstown got another big day on the ground by Williams. He finished with 137 yards rushing on 23 carries, putting him over 2,000 for the year and setting a school record.
Williams picked up 38 of those yards on the opening possession, an 80-yard, eight-play scoring drive for the Panthers. Bauer (nine carries, 77 yards) capped it with a 47-yard run when he broke free on a fourth-and-7 counter play.
“We were really looking up for that opening drive,” Williams said. “We were so happy with how everything was running and going so smooth.”
But, Stillman Valley stepped up its defense, and the Panthers had trouble adjusting, especially without Howard at the controls.
“It was tough on all our team because he's like the backbone of our offense,” Williams said. “We still ran everything, it was just harder to run because he (Chandler) is a sophomore running varsity-level ball, and it's tough on him.”
Despite the loss, Williams remained positive about what the Panthers accomplished, making their second consecutive playoff appearance.
Being a senior, I couldn't be happier with how our team performed throughout all of our games,” Williams said. “Eight and three is not a bad record, and I'm proud of all the guys.”
STILLMAN VALLEY 24, ERIE/PROPHETSTOWN 14
Stillman Valley 0 16 0 8 – 24
Erie/Prophetstown 8 0 6 0 – 14
EP – Chris Bauer 47 run (Nick Williams run), 7:24
SV – Tristan Elliott 80 run (Logan Alberts run), 7:29
SV – Zac Hare 1 run (Elliott run), :06.7
EP – Jordan Chandler 1 run (run failed), :01.1
SV – Hare 1 run (Elliott run), 7:07
RUSHING – Stillman Valley (50-328), Tristan Elliott 20-229, Connor McNames 6-48, Logan Alberts 7-28, Zac Hare 11-27, Jacob Hoey 2-9, Micah Castronovo 2-2, Eddie Torrance 1-0, Team 2-minus-15; Erie/Prophetstown (47-224), Nick Williams 23-137, Chris Bauer 9-77, Sean Maloney 1-9, Dylan Binion 3-6, Jordan Chandler 10-minus-4, Team 1-minus-1.
PASSING – Stillman Valley (0-4-0-0), McNames 0-4-0-0; Erie/Prophetstown, Phillip Coers 0-1-0-0.