Panthers prevail in high scoring tilt with Wolverines

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Panorama's Braedon Draper looks to elude a would-be tackler at Nodaway Valley Friday. The senior accounted for four touchdowns and a conversion in a wild win for the Panthers. Photo courtesy Betty Cooper.

GREENFIELD, IA — Both Panorama and host Nodaway Valley found the end zone five times Friday, but in the end it was the stopping of a two-point conversion that provided the difference in a 36-34 win for the visitors.

Braedon Draper had a night to remember, as four of the times he handled the ball ended with his cleats in the end zone. Draper caught touchdown passes of seven, 21, and 28 yards while adding a five-yard scoring run.

Cayden VanMeer was 23-of-34 for 234 yards and four TDs through the air, with Klayton Bremer 1-of-2 for four yards.

A seven-yard Draper TD and Jacob Walker PAT made it 7-0 Panorama after one quarter, with a Connor Love seven-yard TD snag and Walker PAT pushing the score to 14-0.

The hosts countered with a short run to close to 14-8, but a Draper 21-yard TD moved the margin to 20-8. The score stood at 20-14 at the break after the hosts scored with a 26-yard strike late in the half.

Nodaway Valley tied the scoring early in the third with a nine-yard pass, but Draeper countered by pulling in a 29-yard aerial and Braylon Dawes in the conversion for a 28-20 edge.

A short run and conversion from the hosts sent the game into the fourth quarter tied at 28-all.

A two-yard Draeper run and Draeper conversion — giving him 26 points — moved Panorama into a 36-28 lead. The Wolverines used a 32 yard pass to close within 36-34 but were denied on the conversion attempt and Panorama held on for the victory.

Love caught six passes for 34 yards, Bremer three for 25 yards and Dawes one for 13 yards.

Ryan Cogil returned to the lineup and had 33 rushing yards on 12 carries, but it was 50 yards and a score on 11 rushes from Draeper that led the way. Jacob Walker (10-23), Bremer (7-19), and VanMeer (2-6) also carried the ball.

Walker had seven tackles, including a sack and stop for loss, with Bremer in on 5.5 tackles. Walker and Draeper both landed on Wolverine fumbles to stifle drives.

Panorama moves to 2-6 overall with the win and finishes 1-5 in Class 1A District 7 while Nodaway Valley drops to 0-8, 0-5.

The season will end Thursday with a rare 6 p.m. kickoff as the Panthers welcome the Mustangs of Davis County, who is 3-5 overall and 1-4 in Class 2A District 6.

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