ST. GEORGE – The three region leaders all cruised to wins Tuesday night, further separating themselves from the pack.
It was a soggy effort at Pine View, but the Panthers pulled away from Cedar for a relatively easy 4-0 win over the Redmen.
Braden Johnston had a pair of goals and Michael Cardenas and Michael Wade each scored as the Panthers improved to 7-5-0 overall and 7-3-0 in Region 9. Justin Jones notched the shutout for PV, which plays next Tuesday at Desert Hills.
Cedar, 7-5-1 and 4-5-0, has 12 points and is one point behind Snow Canyon for that last playoff spot. The Redmen play at Snow Canyon Friday night.
Desert Hills had the most eye-popping numbers on the night, notching eight goals on last-place Canyon View. The Thunder had only scored 10 goals in eight previous region games before the offensive explosion against the Falcons.
Spencer Rhoton had two of the scores, with individual goals coming off the efforts from Brock Johnson, Chase Thompson, Justin Brinkerhoff, Tanner Browning, Taylor Houston and Taylor Banualos. DH is now 10-2-1 overall and 7-2-0 in region, good enough to keep them tied atop the region with 21 points. The Thunder play at Hurricane Friday night.
Dixie also kept pace with a 4-1 pounding of Snow Canyon at Warriors Stadium. Konner Aitken had two goals and Mitch Wilkinson and Avry Green also got in the scorebook.
The Flyers barely squeaked out a 1-0 win against the Warriors earlier this season, but jumped up early this time. Dixie scored two goals in each half and Tristan Cowles was tough between the posts.
The Flyers, 9-4-0 overall and 7-2-0 in region, have allowed just five goals in nine region games. Dixie plays Canyon View at Walt Brooks Stadium Thursday night.
Navy Dalton had the lone goal for Snow Canyon, which fell to 4-8-1 and 4-5-1. SC is still in line to grab the fourth playoff spot as they’re one point ahead of Cedar. However, the two teams meet Friday at Warriors Stadium.
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