The Stevens Point Panthers were able to survive on Friday night against the Wisconsin Rapids-Lincoln Red Raiders 21-19 on their home turf. The win, coupled with the Marshfield Tigers losing, takes the Panthers to the top of the Valley Football Association-South Conference all by themselves.
The win over the Red Raiders not only gave the Panthers the Ol’ River Jug in the rivalry game, but it also secured at least a share of the conference title.
With the Panthers not able to punch the ball in the end zone on four downs on the Red Raiders one yard line in the second half, the Panthers came up huge on defense by sacking the quarterback for a safety. Two drives later, the Panthers were able to score again and escape with the victory.
The Panthers on the other hand have all the momentum going into their showdown with the rival Tigers. A win would secure a Valley Football Association-South championship and give the Panthers major momentum heading into the playoffs. Senior running Zach Pozorski was held to 110 tough yards but did score one touchdown in the victory.
The Red Raiders failed to qualify for the playoffs this year with the loss after making it to Madison a year ago and finishing second in Division 1 after losing to the Kenosha Bradford Red Devils 7-0.
Like I said, the Panthers will look to secure a conference championship this Friday when they take on the Tigers in Marshfield. The Tigers got blown out by the Menasha Bluejays 42-7 this past Friday. I will be at the game in Marshfield this Friday and you can follow all my updates on Twitter by following me @TaylorJWI34.