Panthers hold on to knock off USC

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 15, 2006

WELLS &045; One team put an end to a three-game losing steak while another added more disappointment to a frustrating season.

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva scored midway through the fourth quarter on a 45-yard pass from Dakota Tracy to Justin Stieglbauer and the same duo executed the two-point conversion for the eventual winning points in a 14-12 victory over United South Central Friday.

The Rebels made the game more than interesting by scoring a touchdown of its own with nine seconds left in the game when Jordan Stenzel raced in from 9 yards out. However, Stenzel&8217;s two-point conversion pass fell incomplete preserving the win for the Panthers.

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USC took the lead in the game when it scored first in the second quarter on a 16-yard run by Dan Sandt, but the Panthers would tie the game just before halftime on a pitch and catch from Tracy to Stieglbauer from 9 yards.

The Rebels out gained NRHEG 208 to 191 in the game, but were whistled for six penalties compared to just one for the Panthers.

Gaven Schlaak led the Panther ground attack with 88 yards on 21 carries while Tracy finished the night going 6 of 13 through the air for 85 yards and the two scores.

USC was led by Sandt on the ground with 62 yards, and Stenzel added 86 yards through the air. All seven of Stenzel’s completions went to tight end Chris Yost.

USC also held a sizable advantage in plays run, 65 to 42, but could not squeeze out its first win of the season.

NRHEG (4-3) will look to close out the regular season with another win Wednesday when it travels to face Martin County West. USC (0-7) is back home to host Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.