was presented the Crosstown Challenge Cup during halftime of its Southwest Prairie Conference football game Friday at .
It was the last straw for the Panthers, who rallied from a 21-7 deficit to beat the Wolves 35-28 in the sixth meeting between the schools.
(2-2, 2-0 in the SPC) has never lost to (2-2, 0-2).
“I knew our kids were going to come back and play better than we did in the first half,” coach Dave Keely said. “It was a team effort in the second half and we put two good quarters together.”
“We always talk about setting goals and one of our goals this week was breaking down walls,” quarterback Ryan West said. “ was that wall we had to break down tonight.”
“They are a good football team,” coach Mark Green said. “We had opportunities to get off the field, defensively, in the second half and didn’t do it. Offensively, I’m not sure what happened. You have to give them credit. They did what they needed to do to get their defense off the field and put their offense in position to score.”
Trailing 21-7, scored 28 straight points to take a 35-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter on Mickeel Stewart’s second touchdown run of the game.
A few plays later, quarterback Dakoda Skenendore found his brother Chase for a 60-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 35-28 with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter.
After ’s defense forced into a three-and-out, the Wolves had a chance to tie or win the game.
However, Shane Gauden intercepted Skenendore at midfield to end the drive.
Jay Bodine came up with a pair of second-half picks for the Panthers.
“Credit ,” Keely said. “They played outstanding defense. Once we figured out what they were doing up front, we started to move the ball better. And, our defense came up big at the end.”
“We were up 14 points, down 14 points and our kids came back,” Green said.
’s Chris Cooper ran for three first-half touchdowns, staking the visitors to a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
“This was the best team we’ve have faced so far,” West said. “We’re grateful to come out with a win tonight.”
In the first half, turned the ball over and had three personal foul penalties.
Brett Wainwright’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:18 left in the second quarter cut it to 21-13 at the half.
A 1-yard run by Stewart and a 43-yard pass play from West to Josh Mapalo finally gave the hosts a 28-21 lead entering the fourth quarter.
“At halftime, coach told us to relax, let the plays come, everybody do their job and we’ll be fine,” West said. “Our offense had to find its groove and we did that in the second half.”
West finished the night 21 of 37 for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Stewart rushed for 95 yards on 12 carries and two scores.
Dakoda Skenendore completed 15 of 24 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown for the Wolves. He also threw three interceptions, all in the second half. Chase Skenendore caught four passes for 35 yards.