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Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 2:57 pm

The Mountain Grove Panthers held a 14 point lead with just under five minutes remaining in the game, but saw the Osage Indians tie the game in regulation and take a 43-36 overtime win in the district championship Friday.

The Panthers were down 19-7 at halftime, but outscored Osage, 16-3, in the third quarter.

Mountain Grove took the game opening kickoff quickly picked up a first down on a 10 yard run by Jacob Mitchell, but the drive stalled and the Indians blocked the Panther punt taking over on the Panther 25. Three plays later Justin Heiser would score and Osage would tack on the extra point.

On Osage’s next possession the Panthers recovered a fumble on the Panther 49 and would score on the drive with Johnny Healy carrying in from eight yards out. Mitchell tied the game with the extra point kick.

On their next possession, Mountain Grove would again threaten driving to the Osage 25 before turning the ball over on downs. On the next play Osage quarterback Austin Riley connected with Jake Ulmer for a 75 yard touchdown. The Indians two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

The Panthers would put together another long drive on their first possession of the second quarter, but again turned the ball over on downs on the Osage 15 yard line. Osage again responded with a long touchdown pass.  This pass went for 85 yards from Riley to C. Samuelson. The two point conversion attempt again was no good.

Mountain Grove scored their second touchdown on their first possession in the second half when Healy again carried in from nine yards out. The extra point kick failed, and the Panthers trailed by six, 13-19.

Osage was able to add a field goal on their next possession. The Panthers were unable to sustain a drive and punted. The punt was covered on the Osage six yard line. On the next play, the Indians were called for intentional grounding. With the pass coming in the end zone, the penalty resulted in a safety, and moved Mountain Grove within four. Mountain Grove took advantage of the forced kick and took control of the ball on their own 49. With 17.5 seconds remaining in the quarter, Healy found Jamison Cain for a 34 yard touchdown pass. Healy carried in on the two point conversion attempt and the Panthers took the lead, 23-22.

Trystan Short would intercept an Osage pass giving the Panthers the ball on their own 36 on the first play of the fourth quarter. On a fourth and four, Healy would go 62 yards for a touchdown, but the two point conversion attempt failed.

Trey Dixson would stop the next Osage drive with an interception which gave the Panthers the ball on their own 40.

When Osage returned to offense they drove to the Panther two yard line, but were stopped by the Mountain Grove defense and turned the ball over. Two plays later Mitchell would break free for 85 yards, putting the ball on the Osage 8. Shay Gilbert would finish off the drive with an 11 yard touchdown run, and Mitchell would add the extra point giving the Panthers a 36-22 lead.

Dixson again stopped another Osage drive with an interception at the Panther 3 yard line. The Panthers were facing a fourth and six with 3:36 remaining in the game, but their rush attempt failed to gain a first down and Osage took possession of the ball on the Panther seven.

Riley quickly found Heiser on a touchdown pass, and Osage were successful on the extra point attempt, pulling the Indians within seven.

The Panthers were forced to punt on their next possession and Osage took over on their own five yard line. Osage would move the ball out to their own 25 with a Riley to Ulmer pass. On the play Healy was injured and left the game by ambulance. The Panther’s had earlier in the game lost Blaine Halford to a shoulder injury. Riley would connect with Samuelson for a touchdown and the Indians would tie the game with 1:01 remaining in the contest.

Osage recovered an onside kick with 58.7 seconds remaining. Dixson again gave the Panthers the ball when he pulled in his third interception with 47 seconds remaining. The Panthers had the ball on the Osage 31, but were unable to move the ball and turned it over on downs with 1.7 seconds remaining in regulation play.

The Indians had the first possession in the overtime period and on two carries by Ulmer scored. Osage would add the extra point kick.

The Panthers were unable to score on their overtime possession.

Mountain Grove had a total of 494 yards of offense in the game with 404 yards coming as rushing yards. Healy led the Panther rushers with 200 yards on 21 carries. Mitchell was also in triple figures with 154 yards on 16 carries.

Cain led the Panther receivers. He had 62 yards on three receptions.

Osage had 548 yards of offense with 476 coming through the air.

Mitchell and Gilbert led the Panther defense with six tackles. Cory Allen had five tackles and Healy, Dixson, Dakota Means and Carter Otwell each had four.

Osage will host Monett on Friday. Monett had defeated Reed Springs, 21-0, for the District 4 championship.