Preston Higbee falls into the end zone for a score in Pahranagat’s win over Tonopah. Homecoming for the Panthers this week is against Indian Springs.

Pahranagat Valley hit the road to blow out Tonopah last week.  

Preston Higbee accounted for seven touchdowns on Friday, throwing five and rushing for two, as the Panther’s football team bullied its way to a 70-12 road win against Tonopah.

Higbee was 10 of 12 passing for 127 yards, throwing two touchdowns apiece to Richard Lewis and Stockton Maxwell, and one to Culen Highbe.

PVHS (5-0, 2-0, Class 1A Southern League) hit the Muckers with sustained high winds that accounted for three scores in the first quarter and a 48-6 lead at halftime.

Pahranagat took the opening kickoff and within two and a half minutes had moved the ball to about the 10-yard line. Higbee then connected with Lewis in the back of the end zone for a six-yard touchdown.

Then the eye of the storm came over the field and things slowed down for a bit until the second wave came along. Higbee started it with a two-yard run for another score at 2:06 in the first.

Tonopah answered this time though, with 6-6 junior Kevin Pope taking a 30-yard pass from Dillan Otteson with 35 seconds remaining. But the Panthers blew right back as, with 19 seconds remaining, Higbee hit Lewis with a 40-yard touchdown pass.

The second quarter was more of the same for PVHS, with 24 points. Lewis and S. Maxwell took short scoring passes from Higbee and Hunter Hollingshead had a 1-yard dive.  

Tonopah (2-3, 0-2) played well in the first quarter, but after that seemed to be ineffective, except for a few good sweeps on flair passes to the outside down the sidelines. However, they never seriously threatened again until Pope scored on a 4-yard pass from Otteson as time expired in the game to make the final score 70-12.

Pahranagat Valley made four interceptions on the night, with two coming from Brodey Maxwell, who now has four on the season. S. Maxwell and John Hansen had the others.