SPRING VALLEY — Hall (1-1) pulled off a three touchdown comeback Friday night to defeat Erie-Prophetstown (1-1) for its first win of the season.
With 1:40 left on the clock, the Red Devils had to convert a three-yard play on 4th down at the Panthers' 17 to stay alive. Instead of settling for the first down, Chris Hammonds took the pitch and scored to pull the Red Devils within one.
Aaron Kerr had the go-ahead conversion run to give Hall a 22-21 lead with 1:23 left in regulation. Hall held on and got the win.
“We told them that is why we condition. That’s why we do what we do to get ready each week for the fourth quarter. This was living proof of it tonight," Hall coach Randy Tieman said
"I’m elated. I am so happy for the kids. Last year we waited until week 8 to get a win. This is a good football team and they are going to keep getting better. We talked about going 0-2. We knew we were going to have to slug it out with these guys."
Things did not look good early for the Red Devils. The Panthers scored early in the first quarter on a 76-yard touchdown run from Jordan Chandler, but he failed to convert on the ensuing 2-point run.
In the second quarter, the Panthers' Dylan Binion ran in for a 1-yard touchdown and then punched it in again to make it 14-0 going into halftime.
Hall tacked on a touchdown early in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard scoring run from Kerr.
With the score 14-6, the Panthers wasted no time getting Binion back in the end zone and tacking on an extra point from kicker Sean Maloney to go up 21-6.
With 6:26 left in the fourth quarter, Hall pulled within a score 21-14 on a 10-yard scamper from Tyler Taber and a two-point conversion from Kerr.
Then Hammonds and Kerr combined to give hall the late one point lead. After turning the ball over on downs, the Panthers were out of timeouts and all Hall had to do was kneel down to seal the win.