Still, the Panthers put up some gaudy offensive numbers. Quarterback Joe Foster was 5 for 5 passing for 209 yards and four touchdowns.
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Wide receiver Dewayne Sanders had two receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Running back J.C. Eyabi rushed for 154 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns.
The Panthers must play on the road the last two weeks of the season against the other two district title contenders: Plainview, which has one district loss, and Madill, which also is unbeaten in district play.
First up is Plainview, and Pauls Valley coach John Inman said the Indians are a team with a lot of speed.
“We will have to scheme them well defensively and more than anything else tackle well in space,” he said.
“They don't have any Justin Blackmons, but they have five or six kids that run really well. They are very fast at their skill positions.”
NOBLE CLOSE TO PLAYOFFS
Noble's win Thursday night at Tulsa Hale has the Bears on the brink of a playoff berth for the first time since 2007.
Noble scored twice on runs by Jimmy Wood in the fourth quarter to complete the come-from-behind win, 20-13.
With Tulsa Memorial, Tulsa Kelley and McAlester already having clinched the top three spots in District 5A-3 in some order, the battle for the final spot figures to come down to the final week, when Noble travels to Shawnee.
By Scott Wright, Ryan Aber and Ed Godfrey