It was a long time coming, but the River View Panthers finally were on the winning end of things Friday night against the Connell Eagles.
Ruvim Tyutyunnik threw for two touchdowns, and Kody Bartlett rushed for 101 yards and a score to lead River View to a 33-0 road victory over the defending Class 1A state champions.
"I can't say enough about our team and our leaders," said River View coach Brett Jay, whose team clinched a playoff spot. "We got this win not just for our team, but for our community as well."
After a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers (7-1, 4-1) got on the board with a 3-yard touchdown run by Tyutyunnik.
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"It was back and forth for a long time, but we finally got going in the second quarter," Jay said. "Kody Bartlett ran the ball well behind the senior offensive line, and we were moving the chains."
Bartlett ran for a 45-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Alonso Mendoza and Terran Brown also scored in the period to wrap up the scoring for River View.
Tyutyunnik, who has broken triple digits in passing yardage several times this season, completed 9 of 17 passes for 89 yards.
"They did a great job with pass defense and were running coverages at times that were confusing, so we went at them on the ground," Jay said.
Tanner Casper had four catches for 31 yards to lead Connell (4-4, 3-2).
River View 0 12 21 0 -- 33
Connell 0 0 0 0 -- 0
RV--Ruvim Tyutyunnik 3 run (kick failed)
RV--Cody Hand 6 pass from Tyutyunnik (kick failed)
RV--Alonso Mendoza 8 run (Josh Marshall pass from Tyutyunnik)
RV--Kody Bartlett 45 run (kick failed)
RV--Terran Brown 28 pass from Tyutyunnik (Mendoza kick)
RUSHING--RV, Bartlett 15-101, Tyutyunnik 14-68, Mendoza 14-38, Marshall 1-16, Brown 1-(minus 4). C, Brenden Holst 5-32, Kyle Pruett 5-11, Gunner Vanderbilt 6-8, Braiden Whitby 3-4, #1 1-3.
PASSING--RV, Tyutyunnik 9-17-0-89. C, Pruett 14-41-0-92.
RECEIVING--RV, Brown 3-41, Hand 3-18, Dylan Thomas 2-16, Marshall 1-14. C, Tanner Casper 4-31, Gage Taylor 3-31, #85 3-15, Whitby 2-10, Carter Chase 1-11, Vanderbilt 1-1.
FIRST DOWNS--RV 12, C 12. FUMBLES-LOST--RV 0-0, C 3-2. PENALTIES-YARDS--RV 5-40, C 3-27.