Panthers fall to Ranchers in finale, prepare for 9-man football playofs

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Timber Lake’s Reese Miller (25) catches an interception after Slater Ducheneaux (7) tipped a pass versus Bison.

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Dixon Booth (22) knocks a pass away from Bison’s Gavin Nelson during their game Oct. 11.

Timber Lake suffered just their second loss of the season Friday at Harding County, closing out the regular season with a 6-2 record. Despite the 62-30 loss to the Ranchers, Timber Lake is still a strong playoff team with a #3 seed in the 9A playoffs. Harding County (7-1) is a #1 seed in the 9B playoffs and has the Dupree Tigers (3-5) in the first round.

Timber Lake’s playoff path takes them to #2 seed Warner. The Monarchs won 5 straight during the regular season, sandwiched between a loss to Sully Buttes in the opener and Britton-Hecla in the finale (both those teams are undefeated).

Harding County opened fast with a strong rushing attack to set the Panthers on their heels. Four unanswered rushing TDs opened the game as Harding County established an attack that would see 447 of 599 offensive yards and 8 of 9 touchdowns come from running the ball. Both teams dueled back and forth with touchdowns from there, but the proverbial hole was dug.


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