JORDAN VALLEY - A 10-yard touchdown by quarterback Willie Rockhill in the second overtime period combined with a strong team defensive effort, earned Prairie City the 2004 TriCo League football championship on Friday, Oct. 29.

Prairie City beat Jordan Valley, 28-20.

Rockhill connected with Gary Moulton on a 20-yard scoring pass in the opening quarter, and a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Brandon Lovell accounted for the Panthers' second score.

In the third period, Rockhill hooked up with Greg Waggoner on another 20-yard scoring pass, but it was the defense that carried the game.

Jordan Valley tied the score 20-20 and had a chance to pull the game out in regulation, but Waggoner shut down the point-after attempt to keep the contest deadlocked.

Neither team scored in the first overtime period.

Prairie City had the first possession, but failed to score and a fumble stopped the Mustangs on their overtime attempt.

In the second overtime, Rockhill's run gave the Panthers the lead and a fumble once again stopped Jordan Valley.

"Evan (Fast), Gary (Moulton) and I hit the guy and Willie (Rockhill) recovered the ball," Waggoner said. "The ball rolled behind him and Willie fell on it."

"Our defense really came through," Lovell said. "It was a great way to win the game,"

Prairie City will be idle until the opening round of the state Class 1A playoffs, which begin Nov. 11 and 12. The Panthers will host the No. 2 seeded team from District No. 5 at a date and time to be determined.

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