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Panther gridders out of tourney

Woodlan brought to a close the best Prairie Heights football campaign in six years last Friday night in Woodburn.

Powered by the running of Jaylin Bennett (318 yards) and a stingy defense which allowed 27 yards rushing, the Warriors downed the visiting Panthers, 32-6 in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

The loss capped off a 5-6 season for coach Vince Royer’s Panther squad. The last time Prairie Heights achieved the five-victory mark was in 2007 when it finished 5-5.

Bennett, who rambled for a then school-record 260 yards and three touchdowns in Woodlan’s 32-7 triumph over Prairie Heights back in September, staked the Warriors to a 7-0 lead with a 55-yard scoring burst late in the first quarter of Friday’s tilt.

Woodlan found paydirt twice in the second period to take a 19-0 lead into the halftime break. Deandre Woods, a 278-pound tackle turned fullback, bulled his way over the goalline from a yard out, while slotback Greg White took a reverse 15 yards to the house.

Following a scoreless third period, Woodlan upped its advantage to 25-0 early in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown plunge Woods. Bennett then capped his stellar night by sprinting 39 yards to the end zone.

Prairie Heights got on the board late in the contest on a 9-yard scoring pass from Kyler West to Bobby Blum. The PAT kick was missed.

West was 12-27 through the air for 168 yards. Corey Johnson made six receptions for 84 yards and Blum hauled in three passes covering 66 yards.

Woodlan (8-3) will host Bremen (8-3) in the sectional 34 championship game this Friday. The Lions beat Churubusco, 35-28 in their semifinal game last week.

GAME SUMMARY

Woodlan 32

Prairie Heights 6

Scoring by quarters

    PH     0     0     0     6     -6

    WL    7   12     0   13    -32

First Quarter

WL—Jaylin Bennett 55-yard run, I Sar kick

Second Quarter

WL—Deandre Woods one-yard run, kick failed

WL—Greg White 15-yard run, kick blocked

Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter

WL—Woods one-yard run, kick failed

WL—Bennett 39-yard run, Sar kick

PH—Bobby Blum 19-yard pass from Kyler West, PAT kick failed