Pahranagat Valley’s defense recorded nine sacks in a shutout win at Round Mountain Friday night as they opened league play. It was their 96th consecutive victory and 21st shutout during the long streak.
Lineman Garrett Higbee had four sacks as the Panthers earned a 54-0 win. He may have set a school record for individual sacks. The 1A state single game record is 5.5 by Tell Salle of Wells in 2001.
Richard Lewis added two more sacks.
Ike Taylor had a rushing touchdown and caught a touchdown pass, and Christian Higbee rushed for 92 yards and a TD for the Panthers (3-0, 1-0 1A Southern).
Tabor Maxwell completed 8 of 17 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 68 yards including a 28-yard TD run for PVHS.
Round Mountain fell to 0-3, 0-1 in the league.
It took the Panthers a little while to get rolling, leading only 8-0 after the first quarter, but once they did get moving they scored 40 points through the middle quarters.
Coach Brett Hansen said, “We struggled at the beginning, not tackling very well, but they were able to get into the holes and fill the gaps – which shut off the Knights running attack – the kids started executing and playing like we know how to play. Once they started to realize that and put their mind to it and things got better for us.”
Freshman Reece Thornton electrified the Panthers fans with a 67-yard kickoff return to open the second half.
The second team played half of the third quarter and all of the fourth, scoring on a 40-yard pass from Preston Higbee to Richard Lewis and 12-yard pass from Higbee to John Hansen.
Defensive coach Wade Poulsen said, “I was really impressed with our younger kids. They came out with a little more fire than the starters, plus how fast they looked, how well they blocked, how they executed both offensively and defensively, how well they functioned as a whole unit.”
Today, PVHS plays the first of two back-to-back day games when they travel to always competitive Spring Mountain for a 3 p.m. start. Next week they will also play at 3 p.m. at Beaver Dam.
Spring Mountain (1-1), after being shutout at Joshua Springs (California) to open the season, roared back with a 64-0 shutout against an undermanned Sandy Valley team last week.
An interesting matchup this weekend in the North Division between the two expected contenders has Virginia City (3-0) at Whittell (3-0).