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QUINLAN — The Quinlan Ford Panthers outscored Crandall 35-31 behind the running of Taylor Sikorsky and James Silkey on Friday night in District 14-3A football action to secure a playoff berth.
The Panthers, now 7-3 for the season and 3-1 in district, locked up a share of the district championship and will advance to the bi-district round of the playoffs. Crandall dropped to 4-6 and 2-2.
Sikorksy rushed for 278 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, while Silkey pounded out 101 yards and two scores on 19 rushes.
Silkey got the Panthers rolling with his 6-yard touchdown run with 8:12 left in the first quarter. Sikorksy drilled the PAT and it was 7-0 Quinlan Ford.
Andrew Newton recovered a Quinlan fumble on the Panthers’ next possession at the Quinlan 18-yard line, setting up a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Long to Brenden Gilbert with 5:11 left in the opening quarter. Trevor Dykma drilled the extra point and the game was tied.
Silkey scored his second touchdown of the evening from 10 yards out with 14 seconds left in the first quarter and Sikorksy, kicked the PAT putting Quinlan up 14-7 after one.
The Panthers increased their advantage as Sikorksy, Silkey and Jon Humphries all carried for big gains on the Panthers’ opening drive of the second quarter. Humphries’ 9-yard touchdown run increased the Quinlan lead to 21-7 with 7:28 left before halftime. The visiting Pirates struck with 3:29 left before halftime as Long completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Devante Williams and Dykma kicked the point.
The first half ended with Ford ahead 21-14.
Long threw his third touchdown of the night for Crandall, this time nine yards to Austin Pryor with 10:56 left in the third to tie up the game at 21-21.
Sikorksy’s 19-yard touchdown run with 7:01 left in the third put the Panthers up by seven.
Crandall, however, would not quit and with 3:23 left in the third, Jason Bryant’s 10-yard touchdown run would make it 28-28. Bryant finished with 102 yards rushing on 21 carries.
The Pirates with 58 seconds left in the third would grab their only lead of the evening as Trevor Dymka kicked a 35-yard field goal, putting Crandall up 31-28.
Sikorksy raced 54 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 6:49 left giving the Panthers a 35-31 advantage they would hold on to.
The Panthers recovered a Crandall fumble on the Pirates’ final possession of the night.