ST. GEORGE – It appeared the only way the Pine View Panthers could stop the Hurricane Tigers second-half attack was to shut off the lights. With eight minutes remaining in the Panthers Homecoming game on Friday, September 24, the Tigers scored their final touchdown – and then the lights went out.
For 15 minutes, the Pine View maintenance crew scrambled to get the lights turned back on. This was reminiscent of Panther quarterback Alec Mechams night. The Tigers pressured him all night and caused him to throw three interceptions.
In the 27-7 victory, Hurricane found its stride in the second half. The Tigers led at halftime 10-7 on Adam Longs quarterback keeper from inside the fifteen-yard line and kicker Corey Edwards split the uprights from 34 yards out.
Edwards would start the second half scoring with another field goal, this one from about 26 yards. With just under a minute left in the third quarter, running back Brian Scott punched it into the end zone for the Tigers for a 20-7 lead. Hurricane’s final score would come midway through the fourth quarter when again Scott would find pay dirt, this time from the three-yard line.
The Panthers lone score came on a short run from Mecham during the second quarter.
Next on the schedule for the Tigers is a road trip to Tooele to take on the Buffaloes.
The next opponent for the Panthers is Canyon View. The Falcons are winless on the season and will host Pine View.
In other local action, Dixie went on the road and beat Canyon View 35-17. Snow Canyon needed double overtime to beat previously undefeated Cedar 24-21 on Jorge Benavides 43-yard field goal.
Desert Hills was idle this week and will host Snow Canyon next week.
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