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The streak lives on as PC beats SV in overtime 20-14

Chase Luebker tries to break free of the Spring Valley defender's grasp after a reception.

MENOMONIE - In a Gridiron Classic game that was a classic, Plum City High School's football team made it 44 regular season wins in a row Friday evening as they edged Pierce County rival Spring Valley 20-14 in overtime at UW-Stout's William's Stadium.

Quarterback Alex Gilles tossed a shovel pass to wide receiver Tyler Churchill in the back of the end zone for the winning score as the Blue Devils had the ball on the two-yard line in the extra session.

Gilles also threw a two point conversion pass to Churchill to tie the ballgame with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. Churchill repeatedly burned Spring Valley's defense all night on pass plays. He scored the game's first touchdown in the first quarter on a 53-yard toss from Gilles. It was the only scoring of the first half.

Spring Valley tied the game in the third after an opening drive that last nine minutes. Quarterback John Newton scored on a three-yard run that with the extra point put the Cardinals in front. They added another touchdown early in the fourth when Kyle Bosshart scored on a nine-yard run. Controlling the ball and the clock on the ground, Spring Valley drove to the Plum City 27-yard line with seven minutes left.

But a fumble, one of several turnovers on the night for the Cardinals, gave the Devils another shot. They used the change in momentum to establish a scoring drive that was capped off by Ryan Gillman's two-yard run that with Gilles pass to Churchill sent the game into overtime. Plum City's defense stuffed Spring Valley on a fourth down and one play on the Cardinals' first possession and took over for the winning drive.

Plum City was playing without all-conference running back Gabe Rodriguez who was serving a two-game suspension for athletic code violations in response to a burglary charge against him in Pierce County court.