Pekin snapped a five-game losing streak to the Washington football team in an exciting finish.

Pekin snapped a five-game losing streak to the Washington football team in an exciting finish.

The Dragons emerged in a clash of surging Mid-Illini Conference opponents Friday, 20-14, at Memorial Stadium.

The Panthers led 14-7 entering the fourth quarter, but Pekin scored 13 points over the final 12 minutes to send the guests to their first loss.

Clage Dodson's 22-yard touchdown reception with less than 20 seconds left tripped up Washington (4-1, 2-1).

The Dragon running back now has 13 TDs in league play.

The Panthers, ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Class 5A state poll, were led offensively by Austin Harrell, who ran for nearly 190 yards.

Washington quarterback Luke Ludolph threw for 52 of his 80 yards to Bryce Wright for a touchdown pass in the second quarter that made it 14-7.

Chris Friend's 1-yard TD burst provided the only score of the first period.

JD Eddy then made the first of two extra points for the Panthers.

Dodson again crossed the 100-yard rushing mark for Pekin (4-1, 3-0).

The Dragons go to Metamora in week six. The winner will take over sole possession of first place in the M-I.

Pekin last won against the Panthers in 2006, 28-0, in its first year as a Mid-Illini member.

The Dragons won the turnover battle with Washington in a big way.