Dominating the opponent is always one of the main goals in football, not just to line-up and going toe-to-toe, but keeping the other team from executing their game plan they way they wanted to.
After the first quarter, the Pahranagat Valley Panthers did just that with Indian Springs and took 40-7 victory over the Thunderbirds for Homecoming Oct. 4.
Tabor Maxwell had four touchdown passes. He continues to be the passing leader in all of Southern Nevada with 1,480 yards and 24 touchdowns, and Wade Leavitt is the leader in receiving yards, with 27 receptions for 544 yards, and seven touchdowns.
Leavitt is also second in scoring with 90 points. Matt Misner of Tonopah is the leader with 94 points.
Jordon Cryts is tied for the lead in interceptions with four along with Dallas Cervantes of Cimarron-Memorial.
Against Indian Springs, Maxwell was 15 of 24 passing for 157 yards and two TD passes to Shawn Wadsworth. Leavitt and Jeremy Minick each hauled in a touchdown pass for the Panthers (6-0, 3-0 Division IV Southern), as they won their 63rd consecutive game.
Indian Springs is 3-2, 1-1.
Tonopah’s Matt Misner leads the South, and Division IV league in rushing yards with 927 and needs only 73 in the matchup game of the week, Tonopah at Beatty, to reach the 1,000 yard mark.
As the season progresses, teams are seeking more and more to attack PVHS with a strong, physical game, but senior nose guard Jake Carter said he and his teammates are up to the challenge. “We don’t want to let coach down, we just go out and execute and do what they say, do our best, 100 percent every play.”
It works to the Panthers advantage in that eventually the other team begins to wear out.
Indian Springs coach Sope Faga said, “I thought the first half the kids hung in there, but they are a good team and deserve to be where they are at.”
He repeated a thought he has made before, “They don’t have a bunch of great athletes, but they are a well-oiled machine. They execute well and take advantage of any mistakes you make.”
Meantime, Pahranagat coach Ken Higbee said he gives credit to both the coaching staff and the kids for making halftime adjustments and coming out and playing the way they do. “Watch the offensive and defensive units work together. They are both an entire unit. You see all those kids doing their jobs.”
He added, “Homecoming is such a tough week, because of all the other activities and not a lot of focus. Give our kids credit, because when they woke up, it got to be a real firestorm for people.”
He said defensive coordinator Mike Strong made the adjustments in the second half with Indian Springs, to get the defensive ends to avoid the block and shutdown the end around option play.
Alamo and Indian Springs traded touchdowns until midway through the second quarter. Leavitt had a 33-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give Alamo an 8-0 lead. The Thunderbirds responded with a long drive in the second quarter, capped by Troy Heath’s 37-yard run down the sidelines. Indian Springs kicked the extra point making it 8-7 Alamo.
Coach Higbee admitted the Panthers did have a bit of trouble early with the Thunderbirds option play on the outside edge, and time of possession was decidedly on the side of Indian Springs.
But, Maxwell then connected with Leavitt on a 35-yard touchdown pass, and a 16-7 lead.
PVHS quickly got the ball back as Cryts intercepted a T-bird pass and his 30-yard run back put the ball at the 20-yard line. Four plays later Maxwell found Wadsworth in the end zone on a four-yard pass for a 22-7 halftime lead.
Crossing over from the third to fourth quarter, Maxwell engineered an 81-yard drive that ended with his fourth TD pass of the game, five yards to Minick in the deep corner of the end zone.
Leavitt had 10 tackles, after having 12 the week before.
This week Pahranagat travels to Sandy Valley. The Sidewinders (3-2, 0-2) won last week’s non-league game 48-0 over Beaver Dam in Littlefield, Ariz. Beaver Dam joins the NIAA Division IV Southern League in 2014.
It will be a meeting of the top two offenses and defenses in the league. Pahranagat Valley has scored 296 points and Sandy Valley has scored 232. On defense, the Panthers have held opponents to 71 points (11.3 ave), and Sandy Valley has allowed 111 (22.2 ave).
The 6 p.m. game should be carried on the web, www.lctsys.com