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Panthers survive Wichita East, 7-6

Great Bend High School Panthers football squad members Braxton Schooler (13) and Joey Soupiset (36) converge on Wichita East High Blue Aces ball carrier Elias Green (11).

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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 to key the victory. 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. The teams waited out two delays and played on a wet field in a game that yielded zero turnovers.
“When we needed stops we got them,” said Great ...


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