The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 2, 2013

Playoff football: Panthers grind out historic win


ERIE, Ill. —

"We've had that in all year, but we don't pull it out to often. It was good to see them connect on it," Milem said.
River Valley quickly set a new tone in the third quarter with its own trickery. On the Falcons' first drive of the second half, a 14-play drive ended on a 21-yard halfback pass from Nathan Helle to Austin Courtway. Helle recovered a fumble on the next E/P possession, and Valley's next drive carried over into the final frame and ended on a Tom Miller punch-in from the 1.
"We didn't have the ball at all in the third," Milem said. "They did a great job of sustaining drives."
The touchdown cut the Panthers' lead to 30-28.
"I didn't really feel like I was out of place (when Howard went down)," Chandler said.
Bauer, Williams, Howard and Chandler combined on five plays and 53 rushing yards on the next drive, highlighted by Chandler's option pitch touchdown. It resolidified the lead at 36-28, opening the door for Williams' late insurance runs.
While celebrating the historic win, Milem was quick to remind the team there's a bigger prize on the line as E/P tries to evolve from first home playoff win to first second-round victory. The Panthers await the winner of today's Stillman Valley-Bloomington Central Catholic and won't know until then if they'll receive another home playoff game.
"We're not ready for this journey to be done," Millem said in the post-game huddle.
RV     0     16     6     8     —     28
E/P     14     16     0     20     —     50
EP — Chris Bauer 24-yard run (run failed) 8:02
EP — Ethan Howard 25-yard run (Nick Williams run) 4:02
RV — Tom Miller 11-yard pass to Evan Koehler (Nathan Helle run) 11:38

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