ST. GEORGE – What happens when an unstoppable object meets an immovable force? The philosophical question as old as humanity was answered Friday night as the Pine View Panthers offense solved the dilemma imposed by the heretofore heralded Snow Canyon defense, scoring 56 points. Half of those points came in the fourth quarter in a game delayed over an hour due to lightning.
Pine View blistered the Warriors for 515 yards on its way to a 56-28 region-opening win at Warriors Stadium. Panthers quarterback Kody Wilstead completed 29 passes for 394 yards.
“We knew that Snow Canyon would play a cover three zone, so my reads were not difficult,” said Wilstead. “My receivers ran excellent routes and the line had their best blocking game of the year. They did not get a sack and I believe I was only pressured a few times.”
Pine View had a trio of receivers with more than seven catches and 100 yards receiving. Jack Bangerter, Colton Miller and Bladen Hosner combined for 24 catches and 334 yards receiving. In addition, running back Tristan Duran finished with 106 yards rushing on 16 attempts.
On Snow Canyon’s first drive, quarterback Warner Rigby’s first pass was tipped at the line by Harrison Goebel and fell right into the waiting hands of defensive tackle Liahona Tiatia for an interception. Pine View scored on the next possession with a connection from Wilstead to Miller from 13 yards out.
After trading punts, Snow Canyon matched the score with a Connor Parry blast up the middle from one yard out. Pine View’s Duran scored the next two touchdowns, the first a 12-yard run, and the second an 8-yard pass from Wilstead. Snow Canyon closed out the first half scoring with an 11-yard sweep by Zach Kennedy to close within seven points of the Panthers at 21-14.
After halftime, Pine View immediately went to work, scoring barely one minute into the half with an 8-yard run for Duran’s third touchdown of the game. The game was then delayed for 80 minutes due to threatening weather.
After the break, Snow Canyon once again pulled within one score on a Rigby run from six yards out. That was the closest they would get however as Pine View outscored the Warriors 28-8 in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers defense was able to hold the Snow Canyon rushing offense to 157 yards on 52 carries.
“We knew Rigby, Kennedy and Parry were talented runners,” said Panthers linebacker Thor Katoa. “But the coaches prepared us with keys to their plays and we knew if we stayed disciplined, and read our keys, that we could stop them.”
The win moves the Panthers to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in region. The Warriors take their first loss of the season at 2-1 and 0-1. Pine View plays host to Dixie next week, while Snow Canyon plays a non-league game at Copper Hills.
Stats: PVHS 56, SCHS 28
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