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5 A-WEST Vilonia finishes strong in OT

by Mickey Doyle | October 3, 2009 at 5:16 a.m.

— Vilonia and Siloam Springs each had a half to showcase their offenses. Vilonia's wore down the Siloam Springs defense.

The Eagles dominated the second half Friday, holding the ball for 19 minutes, 19 seconds, to spoil the Panthers' homecoming with a 32-31 overtime victory.

Siloam Springs (3-2, 0-2 5A-West) ran wild offensively in taking a 24-13 halftime lead but was shut down in the second half as Vilonia (4-1, 2-0) controlled the ball.

The Panthers retook the lead on the first play of overtime when quarterback Bryan Adair hit Stuart Cifuentes on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Pablo Castillo kicked the extra point for a 31-24 lead.

The Eagles stayed on the ground for their touchdown. Trey Lewis followed a wall of blockers for 3 yards on fourth down. Coach Jim Stanley opted to go for the victory, and quarterback Eric Ebmeyer snuck in for the two-point conversion.

"We played so hard in the second half," Stanley said. "Siloam Springs came out playing so good. We needed to keep on our game plan because they were playing great."

The Panthers gained 247 of their 316 total yards in the first half, led by Adair's 15 of 24 passing for 204 yards. But he was only 3 of 10 for 22 yards in the second half, 10 of it coming on the touchdown in overtime.

Vilonia's Double-Wing offense began churning out yardage and taking time off the clock in the second half. The Eagles gained 233 of their 332 yards in the second half, all of it on the ground.

Sports, Pages 28 on 10/03/2009


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