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Panthers come back to win state championship

The Powell Panthers claimed their second consecutive Class 3A state football championship with a fourth quarter comeback.

The Panthers scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Cragoe to Dewey Schwan on third-and-goal to leapfrog the Star Valley Braves with less than six minutes left in regulation. They shut down the Braves in the final minutes to hold on for a 13-10 victory.

The Panthers grabbed an early lead on a Vince Sleep touchdown with 4:12 remaining in the first quarter, but the extra point was no good.

Star Valley followed with a field goal early in the second quarter and, with just 53 seconds before the half, scored a touchdown and converted the extra point to take their first lead of the game. Star Valley entered the half up 10-6.

On MyWyoming.org's live broadcast of the game, PHS head coach Jim String told reporter David Settle at halftime that he thought the Panthers were doing really well offensively.

"We've just got to settle down and play good defense," Stringer said, before heading into the locker room to join his squad.

The defense stepped up, shutting out the Braves in the second half.

The game was being played in Laramie at the University of Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium.

The Tribune will have full coverage of the game in Tuesday's issue.

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  • posted by Deb Jacobs

    November 11, 2012 12:59 pm

    Nevin and I have been combing through past stats and are pretty sure that along with being the first Powell Coach to have more than one state championship, Jim Stringer now has three, he also has the longest winning streak with 15 wins. Back in 1966 and 1967 a tie with Riverton prevented that game from being recorded as a win, or that streak would have been 18. This is also the first time Coach Stringer has won a conference championship in his tenure at Powell. Congrats to Jim, his staff, and especially the young men who took the field and brought home another title to our special community. The amazing thing about this year is that the future still looks bright for Powell football. Panther Pride!!!

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