VALIER – Nov. 11 was a tough day for Valier Panther football fans. The Panthers lost for the first time all season, in a 59-19 rout to another undefeated team, Westby-Grenora, at home in the semifinals of the 6-Man playoffs.

“Two good football teams out here. Hats off to MonDak, they’re a good football team,” said Valier head coach Eric Watson. “They did what they needed to win. But at the same time, we’re very happy and proud of our kids.”

But it was a great season for Valier, going undefeated in the regular season for the first time in coach Watson’s tenure, who has been the coach since 2015. In the past two years, Valier has a combined record of 19-3. Watson is very close to this senior class, and as the long ride comes to an end, it’s tough to say goodbye.

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“I started coached them in junior high and followed them all the way through,” said Watson. “They’re special, they’ll always have a special place in Valier and in the Valier football program. The resurrection that they did and bring the program back from being on the bottom, that’s special.”