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Peterson leads Panthers past WEM

NRHEG's Perry Peterson (22) follows the block of Noah Sletten (24) on the way to one of his big plays in Friday night's football game against arch rival Waterville-Elysian-Morristown in New Richland. The Panthers scored a rare victory over the Bucs, 30-22, as Peterson ran for 262 yards and three touchdowns. (Star Eagle photo by Jim Lutgens)

A good time was had by everyone involved.

That seemed to be the consensus Friday night as the NRHEG football team made a long road trip to Lester Prairie and returned with win No. 1, 39-31.

The Panthers, 1-1, led 20-0 at halftime and 32-15 after three periods and held off an exciting fourth-quarter comeback attempt by the home team.

“We gave up some big plays and let them back in the game,” said NRHEG coach Dan Stork.

The NRHEG volleyball team dropped a couple tough matches last week, falling 3-2 at Alden-Conger on Tuesday and 3-1 to Maple River in New Richland Thursday, Sept. 8. The Panthers fell to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the Gopher Conference.

“We battled with a tough team tonight,” said Panthers coach Onika Peterson after Tuesday’s marathon loss at Alden, where the Knights prevailed 26-28, 25-22, 25-23, 27-29 and 15-11. “Alden at times had us back on our heels — they had us scrambling on defense. Because we were scrambling it was difficult for us to be able to set our offense up at times, which led to not being as aggressive hitting wise as we would like to be. We need to regroup and refocus.”