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Hays Football versus Great Bend 9-7-18

Rivalries give football games added flavor. Two teams that square off with each other so often that the meetings take on special meaning. The Hays Indians traveled to face the Great Bend Panthers on the gridiron for the 81st time on September 7th.

The game started with a back and forth defensive battle. Both teams faced a second down and 22 yards to go on their opening possessions.

Late in the first half, Great Bend intercepted a pass from the Hays quarterback and on the ensuing possession, scored the first touchdown of the game. The Panthers failed to make the point after touchdown kick. A couple of minutes later, Hays used a busted pass play to get on the board themselves and take a 7 to 6 lead into halftime.

Great Bend added another touchdown and a field goal to clinch the victory with a score of 15 to 7.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

5A Sub-State Goddard Football versus Great Bend 11-18-16

Tonight, only four teams in the State of Kansas in Class 5A stepped out onto a field of play. The Goddard Lions traveled to face the Great Bend Panthers for a chance to play for the State Championship.

The Lions struck quickly scoring on their first possession. They dominated the game from there on. When Great Bend managed to put points on the board, Goddard punched right back. By the end of the night, the scoreboard read 50 to 21 and the Lions gathered to celebrate their win and the opportunity to play for the State title.

Goddard faces off against Mill Valley next Saturday. Great Bend ends their season with a 10 and 2 record.

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5A Sectional Valley Center Football vs Great Bend 11-11-16

With temperatures finally starting to feel like football weather, two teams squared off for a chance to play for a birth in the State Championship.

The Valley Center Hornets came into Great Bend looking to clinch their most successful season in school history. The Great Bend Panthers wanted to keep the winning and playing at home.

The Panthers put the first points on the board. Valley Center answered back with a touchdown and then a field goal. Another Hornet touchdown early in the second half put Great Bend down by ten points and their largest deficit of the year. A pair of touchdowns later and an interception sealed the 28 to 24 victory for the Panthers.

Great Bend will host Goddard in their first Sub-State game since 2006.

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5A Regional Andover Football versus Great Bend 11-4-16

Ever feel like you saw the exact thing happening as if you were looking into a mirror? The two competitors in the Class 5A Regional game could definitely say that.

The Great Bend Panthers hosted the Andover Trojans and former GB coach Tony Crough. Coach Crough brought his spread style offense to the Butler County school. His replacement, Coach Erin Beck, kept the offense and some of the defensive schemes the same as last year.

Both teams knew much of what the other would do given this familiarity. This caused the game to be a tight back and forth affair.

Great Bend put points on the board first, but Andover added a touchdown to even up the score as the teams went in for Halftime.

The decisive play of the game was an errant high snap by the Trojans near the end zone. The ball rolled out of the back of the end zone to give the Panthers a Safety and two points. In the Fourth Quarter, Great Bend added another touchdown to make it a 16 to 7 final score.

Great Bend now prepares to face the Valley Center Hornets.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Topeka West Football vs Great Bend 10-28-16

In the night that normally would be the end of District Play, instead two Class 5A teams locked horns in the first round of the new playoff format.

The Topeka West Chargers traveled to face the Great Bend Panthers. Both teams came out firing from the first snaps with quick touchdowns each.

By Halftime, the score reached 49 to 24 for the Panthers. The final score ended being 70 to 31.

Great Bend advances to face Andover and former Panther coach Tony Crough.

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Garden City Football versus Great Bend 10-21-16

Week Eight brings the regular season to the close for Class 5A and 6A. For the game in Great Bend, the game meant more than just the last of the regular season for the Panthers and their visitors, the Garden City Buffaloes.

Several Senior players would suit up for their last time in a regular season game. Both teams entered the evening with an undefeated record. Add to all of this, the winner takes home the 2016 Western Athletic Conference league championship for football.

In what many saw as a potential high scoring affair, the game actually turned into a defensive battle. Each team would mount a drive only to stall out. They did manage a touchdown each going into the locker room at halftime.

The second half saw another touchdown for each team. After Garden City missed a late field goal, the game went into Overtime.

Garden City took the ball first and scored. Then they stopped Great Bend inches away from the end zone. The Buffaloes won with a score of 21 to 14.

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