The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

October 31, 2013

No. 10 Pekin washes away playoff drought with rainy shutout of Lone Tree

PEKIN — The first football playoff game at Pekin High School in a decade was not played on a picture perfect night.

There was wind and there was rain which only increased at times in intensity as the night continued. The rain was so constant throughout the day that by the time the 7 p.m. kickoff rolled around, Tom Stone Field was already soaked and forced the opening kickoff to take place in one of two visible puddles that had developed in the middle of the gridiron.

It all sounds like an environment nobody would want to be a part of for any high school football game. After 11 years without a playoff win, however, Pekin players were ready to go through anything in order to snap a six-game postseason losing streak.

In the end, the Panthers turned a soggy Wednesday night into a beautiful evening for their fans. For the first time since 2002, Pekin picked up a postseason football win with a dominant 43-0 shutout against Lone Tree in the opening round of the Class A State Football Playoffs.

They were soaked. They were covered in pieces of turf. But the Pekin locker room was as loud and enthusiastic as ever after finally getting that long sought-after postseason win.

“It was a hell'uva time out there,” Pekin senior Petie Clubb said with a huge smile on his face. “We didn’t stop executing, but we had some fun. We slid on the turn and just had to hold on tight to each run and each tackle.”

Clubb joined teammate Chase Copeland to establish a healthy running attack yet again for the Panthers. Copeland, a junior, led the charge narrowly over Clubb with 90 rushing yards on 14 carries to Clubb’s 81 rushing yards.

But no matter got the ball between the two, most of the night the end result was a productive run for the Panthers setting up one of the five touchdowns the offense would produce in the victory.

Text Only
Sports
  • On Tap Saturday Prep Baseball Class 1A State Finals Twin Cedars vs. Newman Catholic at Des Moines (Principal Park), Noon

    August 1, 2014

  • 0802 OTT Sports IHCC Soccer Coach Doug Seigle mug IHCC Soccer Training Camp date set OTTUMWA– Head coach Doug Seigle has announced the date for players on this year's roster, and those who hope to make the squad, to report for the start of preseason workouts. Seigle says all IHCC women’s and men's soccer players who have signed to pl

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports RAGBRAI photo Native Ottumwa cyclist sets powerful example VACAVILLE, Calif. — Scott Pettengill has a passion for life and an indomitable optimism that refuses to be dimmed. Pettengill, a native Ottumwan who now lives in northern California, just finished riding the [Des Moines] Register's Annual Great Bicyc

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports Bryon Peyton photo Former Pekin coaches reunite at state tournament DES MOINES — For 15 years, Bryon Peyton and Jeff Eeling shared the dream of coaching together at the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament. It certainly wasn’t the way they may have imagined it, but almost 30 years later, the dream came true. Pe

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0801 OTT Sports Hunter Embray photo Top-ranked Sabers headed to first state baseball final DES MOINES — Hits figured to be a very precious commodity Thursday in the 1A state baseball semifinal matchup between Gehlen Catholic and Twin Cedars. As such, each swing taken by each hitter figured to be very important in collecting precious contac

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0801 OTT Sports Andy Heintz column mug The White Bass that saved the day OTTUMWA — It was time for a break. It was a lovely, Sunday afternoon and I'd spent the past couple of hours tooling around town taking pictures for the newspaper. While it was nice to be outside, I yearned to make the not-so-subtle switch from work

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Baseball Tournament TuesdayClass 3A QuarterfinalsDallas Center-Grimes 3, No. 5 Fairfield 0 (9) ThursdayClass 1A SemifinalsNo. 1 Twin Cedars (34-0) vs. No. 5 Gehlen Catholic (30-3), 2 p.m. (104.9 FM KBOE)

    July 31, 2014

  • 0731 OTT Sports Kassidi Henderson mug Three Bulldogs make all-state OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa softball team had three of its players named to a Class 5A All-State team by Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.Bulldog second baseman Ashlyn Thompson and Kassidi Henderson were voted to the all-state second team and Alexis W

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • Prep Softball All-State Team Class 1A 1st Team All State Name School Grade Kayla Tindall Akron-Westfield 12 Dana Hedlund Akron-Westfield 12 Renee Maneman Newelll Fonda 12 Rachel Smith Exira/EHK

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731 OTT Sports Austin Gridley Fairfield baseball photo Oh So Close! DES MOINES — Becoming the first Fairfield pitcher to start a state tournament game in 35 years didn’t seem to faze Trojan senior pitcher Joseph Hietpas. In fact, taking the mound at Principal Park in Des Moines seemed to only help Hietpas as he made

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook