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Huge road win for Pekin Panthers

Win gives Pekin a chance for a district title
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Oct 15, 2013
Courtesy of: Lee's Photography-Ottumwa The Pekin football team is pictured, from left to right, front row: coach Tyler Hotz, Kyle Miller, Chase Copeland, Matthew Jones, Cole Reighard, Cade Millikin, Brad Beam, Scott Entsminger, Bryan Brain, Tanner Adam, Riley Fraise, Joe Hagedon; middle row: coach Shawn Eckleberry, coach Juston Lamb, coach Bo Northup, Zach Buller, Brody Donovan, Jeffrey Brain, Logan Kates, Tyler Copeland, Logan Lamb, Trever Northup, Kolby Allsup, Petie Clubb, Christian Wittrock, coach Joe Donovan; back row: Michael Hadley, Drew Wells, J.D. Hollingsworth, Ryan Swanson, Brody Long, Keaton Winn, Jared Bond, Eric Adam, Trenton Conger, Colton Lanman, Zack Conger, coach Scott Slotten and coach Mitch Mohr. Jaydon Nicholson is not pictured.

The Pekin Panthers made a giant leap towards winning a district title Friday.

Pekin (6-1) went on the road and defeated Montezuma (6-1) 22-15. The Braves were undefeated entering the matchup, and had not played a single game this season where the final score was remotely competitive. Montezuma’s closest margin of a victory had been 32 points.

The Panthers marched in knowing they would need to play their best game. Pekin proceeded to rush for 327 yards and hold up against a Montezuma defensive line that had been impenetrable so far this season.

“We were very pleased with how our offensive line blocked up front,” Pekin coach Joe Donovan said. “We rushed for 327 yards, so pretty impressive effort on the offensive line’s part.”

Pekin’s defense certainly came to play as well. Montezuma’s lowest scoring performance of the season had been 41 points. Quarterback Dillon Wilhelm had to attempt 17 passes against Pekin, which is seven more than his previous season high. Wilhelm had not needed to throw the ball all season, which could have led to the four interceptions that he threw. Tanner Adam picked off Wilhelm three times. Cole Reighard caught the other.

“Most of the night Montezuma had the ball at mid-field or better, so our defense really made big plays when we had to,” Donovan said.

Looking forward, Pekin has one more game before a home matchup against still undefeated BGM (Brooklyn). BGM won the district title last season, and if they manage to Montezuma on Friday, they’ll march into Packwood with an undefeated record on the line. The Panthers can’t get caught looking too far ahead.

“We still feel like we can get better so we will keep striving to do so,” Donovan said.

The Panthers are now ranked sixth in the state in Class A. Pekin hosts Southeast Warren on Friday.


District Look

The three horse race in Class A District 6 is well underway. Pekin’s win over Montezuma sets up a week nine showdown against BGM. BGM and Montezuma play Friday, which also will have huge district implications.


Team, Overall Record, District Record

BGM (Brooklyn) 7-0 5-0

Pekin 6-1 5-0

Montezuma 6-1 4-1

Lynnville-Sully 3-4 3-2

Pleasantville 2-5 1-4

North Mahaska 2-6 1-4

English Valleys 1-7 1-4

Southeast Warren 0-7 0-5


Class A District 6 Games (10/11)

Pekin 22, Montezuma 15

BGM (Brooklyn) 69, English Valleys 6

Lynnville-Sully 56, North Mahaska 6

Pleasantville 75, Southeast Warren 14

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