It took the Vandalia football program 59 years to get to where it finds itself following Friday's 20-15 win over Pana - in the playoffs for a third straight season.
So it should come to no surprise that the final step in a journey spanning six decades was not an easy one.
Pana frustrated the Vandals offensively, holding VCHS to a season-low 181 yards of total offense while forcing three lost fumbles.
And the Panthers used a pair of fluky big plays to stay in the ballgame, despite a dominating effort by the Vandalia defense.
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