FALLS CITY, Neb. — Dresean Panky made the defensive and offensive plays of the game back-to-back in overtime Thursday night for Boys Town.
The senior ended Falls City’s overtime possession with an interception, then caught a short pass on first down of the Cowboys’ possession for a 28-22 victory in the first round of the Class C-1 football playoffs at Jug Brown Stadium.
No. 10 Falls City (6-3), which lost career rushing leader Cord Huettner to a leg injury after he helped the Tigers to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, sent the game to overtime on Codie Witt’s 5-yard reception from Mitchell Harling with 1:03 left.
Boys Town (6-3) had lost a fumble at its 13 while trying to run out the clock. Witt caused the turnover, with Jesse Butrick getting his second fumble recovery of the game.
The Cowboys had five turnovers (two fumbles, three interceptions) while Falls City lost a fumble and three interceptions.
“We didn’t play very well and had to overcome our mistakes,” Boys Town coach Kevin Kush said. “If they hadn’t lost Huettner, they probably would have won.”
Huettner hurt his left leg while carrying the ball on the last play of the first quarter. He had carried seven times for 90 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown run from the Tigers’ wing-T formation.
If that wasn’t enough misfortune for Falls City, the Cowboys’ Trey Scott made things worse on the next play. He tipped a Tigers pass deep in their backfield and returned the interception 40 yards to trim Fall City’s lead to 14-8 after Josh Hayden threw to Josh Lock for the two-point conversion.
Jonnell Edwards’ fumble recovery ended the Tigers’ next possession at the Boys Town 48. It led to the Cowboys taking the lead, 16-14, on Hayden’s 22-yard scoring pass to David Austin and KZ Williams’ conversion run with 8:25 left in the half.
Boys Town gave Falls City a scoring chance late in the first half on a fumble that Butrick recovered for the Tigers at the Cowboys’ 26.
Falls City had a first-and-goal from the 2, but Paalak Chol tackled Harling for a 5-yard loss. On fourth down just before the half, Brandt Vice’s 25-yard field goal kick hit the right upright.
Without Huettner, Falls City coach Darin Fritz said, “we still tried to run our base offense. We didn’t have the power we have with him, but we still had some speed.”
Falls City resorted to the swinging-gate formation, which it also used last week against Lincoln Christian, during its comeback.
“We emptied the playbook,” Fritz said. “I can’t say enough about our offensive and defensive line. Not many of those kids played last year.”
Falls City had a six-game winning streak end. Boys Town will host two-time defending champion Norfolk Catholic in a second-round game Wednesday.
Boys Town (6-3).......................0 16 0 6 6—28
At Falls City (6-3)...................14 0 0 8 0—22
FC: Jordan Stoller 32 interception return (kick failed)
FC: Cord Huettner 71 run (Huettner run)
BT: Trey Scott 40 interception return (Josh Lock pass from Josh Hayden)
BT: David Austin 22 pass from Hayden (KZ Williams run)
BT: Scott 6 run (pass failed)
FC: Codie Witt 5 pass from Mitchell Harling (Harling run)
BT: Dresean Panky 10 pass from Hayden
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