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Panther Post Game; On To Round 2 (video/photos)

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EP's Connor Sibley heads up field after catching a pass in the Panther's 56-20 win over Clifton Central on Saturday.

Photos courtesy Jessie Otten

The EP Panthers turned a close game into a romp on Saturday in Erie as they defeated Clifton Central 56-20 in the first round of the IHSA football Playoffs.

EP got out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter before the Comets responded with a lengthy drive to make it a 21-6 contest at the half.

The Panthers stumbled out of the gate in the second half fumbling on their second play from scrimmage with the Comets cashing in on a short field to close the gap to 21-14.

EP responded with a sustained drive to go back up by 14 but the Comets answered with a 66-yard bomb to make it a 28-20 contest after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was all Panthers as they scored on each of their possessions and capped the game off with a 99-yard pick-6 by junior Jase Grunder.

In the video, Coach Jesse Abbott talks about the team’s effort and their ability to bounce back each time Clifton scored. Running back Mason Misfeldt describes a touchdown which involved a catch, a fumble, a scoop, and a score.

The Panthers will travel to Kankakee on Saturday to take on Bishop McNamara.

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