The Powell Panther and the Star Valley Braves clashed in Park County Friday night with the hometown team shutting out Star Valley 13-0. Both teams came into the contest at (4-0) on the season. Powell used an extremely stingy defense to shut down what had been a prolific Star Valley running game, holding them to just 78 yards on the ground. Star Valley came into the game leading the classification with a +13 turnover margin on the season but Powell forced four takeaways on the night with a pair of fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions.
Cory Heny compiled more than 150 yards on the ground and through pass receptions to pace the Panthers, but it was Dewey Schwahn who had both touchdowns for the homecoming squad. Schwahn climbed the ladder on an impressive 25-yard catch from Hayden Cragoe over the middle for the game’s first touchdown midway through the first quarter. Derrick Wolfley blocked the extra point with the score remaining at 6-0. The Star Valley offense was unable to get much on the ground over the course of the evening as Ryan Brough finished with 55 yards on 15 carries. The Braves advanced inside the Powell 35-yard line on two occasions during the game but were undone by penalties and turnovers.
It is the first shutout imposed on Star Valley since October of 2009. The teams played late into the night after a lightning storm and a heavy rain settled in on Panther Stadium. The players were cleared from the field and fans were asked to leave the stands as part of Wyoming High School Activities Association protocol. The delay last for just over an hour while school officials waited for the lighting to pass.
Star Valley (4-1) now hosts the Cody Broncs (2-3) next Friday night which is the last regular-season home game for the Braves. The crimson & gold finish the regular season on the road in Green River (4-1) and Jackson (2-3).