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Colton McNabb of North Daviess scores a 95-yard touchdown against Springs Valley on Friday.

ELNORA – North Daviess may have scored first in Friday night’s opening round sectional contest, but Springs Valley scored the most as the Blackhawks put up four unanswered touchdowns to claim a 27-6 victory at Thurman H. Brown Field.

The Cougars got a highlight-reel 95 yard TD run from freshman Coltyn McNabb to give the hosts an early advantage; however, Vlas’ extra point kick was missed, as ND fronted 6-0 on the scoreboard.

Springs Valley, as they did a week ago, relied on their senior quarterback, Kannon Chase, to provide the equalizer. Actually, Chase found his younger brother, Konner, in the end zone via a wobbly 23 yard fourth-down throw that tied the game at 6-6 before Griffin’s McGee’s extra point try gave SV a lead that would not be relinquished.

North Daviess was determined to keep the game within reach, and save for Kannon Chase’s 50 yard touchdown scamper with 3:30 remaining before halftime, the Cougs did exactly that. This time, McGee missed the PAT opportunity leaving the margin 13-6 in favor of the visitors at intermission.

The Cougars caught a break when a 31-yard field goal opportunity from McGee was missed at the 3:21 mark of the third quarter; with ND back in possession on offense, the home team called McNabb’s number on a fourth-and-eleven fake punt as the frosh galloped 15 yards for a first down across midfield.

The momentum was thwarted though as Brock Knepp, back from an injury suffered in Week 6, could not complete a pass on a fourth-and-five throw just before the third stanza ended. In the fourth frame, Kannon Chase widened the North Daviess deficit when he got loose for a 33 yard touchdown tote. Three minutes later, the senior signal caller crossed pay dirt for the third time to account for the final tallies of the evening.

North Daviess (4-6) played without two veteran senior starters in Brandon Clark and Drey Pershing, who were both injured and forced to watch their final football game from the sidelines. Senior defensive stalwarts Jake Miley and Spencer Strong also played through a couple of nagging leg injuries throughout the hard-fought sectional affair while classmates, Hunter Fine, Jerry Thompson, Zo Jeffers, Kaden Arnold, and Vlas Ivanishyn, made up a class of nine who put on their Cougars gridiron uniform for the last time.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks (8-1) experienced their first sectional win since the 2012 season and move on to play West Washington in next Friday’s sectional semi-final.

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