High school football: Harrah secures first win against rival McLoud
Harrah coach Kenny Speer is successful at turning programs around.
So when the Panthers topped rival McLoud 21-20 for their first home win since Oct. 2016 and first win since 2017, Speer knew how important it was.
For his kids. The fans. The school.
"It was a pretty big deal," Speer said.
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After leading 7-6 at halftime, Harrah found itself in a 20-7 hole with 6 minutes left. The Panthers scored on a 50-yard completion and then recovered a fumble. That's when the Panthers took the lead with about a minute left. Running back Gage Payne jumped and flipped over a pile into the end zone on fourth down, giving Harrah the winning score.
Speer said Payne, who scored twice against McLoud, was pivotal in helping Harrah secure a district victory and help "get the monkey off our back."
Harrah travels to Bethany to take on the Bronchos (4-0, 1-0) on Friday.