The Pahranagat Valley High School football team racked up five touchdowns in the first quarter and ran away from visiting Beaver Dam in a 54-20 league win last Friday. The win runs the Panther’s national winning streak to 85 games.
Tabor Maxwell threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a score to lead the Panthers to the win. He completed 11 of 15 passes and threw all four of his TD passes in the first quarter as Pahranagat Valley (4-0, 2-0 Division IV Southern League) built a 40-0 lead. And he ran the ball seven times for 37 yards.
It took the Panthers just 24 seconds to get on the board. After the opening kickoff, Maxwell found Christian Higbee on a 75-yard scoring play to start the game.
He came back roughly every two minutes thereafter following up with scoring strikes of 75 yards to Shawn Wadsworth, 25 yards to Cody Williams and 25 yards to Wadsworth again. Maxwell also had a 24-yard TD run in the second quarter.
David Ingram had a 20-yard TD run, and Brodey Maxwell had a 13-yard TD run for the Panthers.
Wadsworth had four catches for 137 yards.
The second team played most of the second half for PVHS and accounted for 118 yards on the ground and two scores. Hunter Hollingshead had 53 of those yards on four carries, but the Diamondbacks (3-1, 1-1) also scored three times on this unit.
Beaver Dam coach Rory Hurley echoed what several other coaches have said over the past several years, Pahranagat may not have the best players on the field, but they execute everything so very well. “To come into Alamo’s house and expect you’re going to win is a tough task for anyone especially considering their streak,” he said. “We just had a lack of focus in the first half. They took us out of our game, their defensive ends stayed home and every time you tried to run a counter, the defensive man still stayed where he is supposed to be.”
Defensive end Daved Wilson for the Panthers was responsible for disrupting several of the Diamondback sweep plays. PVHS coach Ken Higbee said, “We watched that on film from last year and saw what they were doing, and our kids executed. That’s our expectation, that they execute well. That’s crucial for us defensively.”
Maxwell, with 1,083 passing yards on the season, 17 touchdowns and one interception, leads the state in all divisions, and is also now second place all-time in Division IV career passing totals with 6,254 yards behind the 8,740 yards of Jason Peters of Coleville (2006-2009).
And he is now third place for career passing yards at all levels in Nevada behind leader Jarrett Solomon of Bishop Gorman (2009-2012) with 10,113.
Wadsworth is second statewide this season (behind RJ McCarter of Bonanza), with 518 receiving yards on 21 catches and 8 touchdowns.
This week, the Panthers are on the road again at Beatty (1-3, 0-2). The Hornets lost 40-30 at Sandy Valley last week.
PVHS is 6-0 against Beatty since 2008 and have outscored them 375-36.
Elsewhere this week, Sandy Valley is at Tonopah and Spring Mountain at Beaver Dam.