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Great Bend Panthers survive 7-6

Wichita East High Blue Aces kicker Nick Navarro has an extra point blocked by Blake Penka by the Great Bend High School Panthers during the Panthers football home stand Friday night at GBHS’s Memorial Stadium.

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By JIM MISUNAS
jmisunas@gbtribune.com

 

Great Bend's 7-6 non-league football victory over Wichita East illustrated the value of a kicker.

Panther kicker Dani Franco converted the Panthers’ extra-point and Blake Penka blocked an extra point by Wichita East kicker Nick Navarro. Navarro missed a 50-yard field goal in the final minute that ended a six-hour marathon Friday.

The game was delayed twice for three hours, 50 minutes by thunderstorms, hail and lightning.

“When we needed stops we got them,” said Great Bend coach Erin Beck. “I’m proud our guys stuck to it and came up with a ...


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