Livingston returns, leads Pine View to 20-10 road win vs. 4A Murray Spartans

File photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

MURRAY – A scary injury just 12 days ago left many Pine View fans wondering if quarterback Riley Livingston would ever play football again. The senior signal-caller not only played Wednesday night against Murray, but he played well and helped the Panthers get a 20-10 victory.

Pine-view-smmurray-smPine View traveled north to take on the Murray Spartans in non-region football action. The Panthers doubled up Murray, winning the game with two touchdown passes thrown by Livingston.

“Riley did not miss a beat,” said Pine View head coach Ray Hosner. “He was in midseason form.”

Livingston found Michael Moten in the second quarter on a 14-yard corner route. Wide receiver Steve Bangerter was the recipient of Livingston’s second touchdown pass in the third quarter. Bangerter caught a 35-yard touchdown pass on a streak route.

“Steve (Bangerter) always plays big for us,” said Hosner. “He had another big game tonight. When we need the sure catch, we go to him.

“Our running game was also very effective tonight. The offensive line opened up holes and (running back) Kobe Topalian broke tackles left and right.”

Pine View quarterback Riley Livingston (13), Pine View vs. Desert Hills, Football, St. George, Utah, Oct. 2, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Pine View quarterback Riley Livingston (13). File photo from Pine View vs. Desert Hills, Football, St. George, Utah, Oct. 2, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

The touchdowns were bookended by two field goals from Connor Brooksby. The freshman placekicker nailed a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter. He added an insurance field goal in the fourth from 24 yards out.

“Connor is a freshman kicker,” said Hosner. “But he continually scores the pressure kicks for us.”

Up only 17-10 in the fourth quarter, the Panthers got a big play from linebacker Kyle Tauiliili. The PV senior forced a Trojan fumble, allowing Brooksby to put the game out of reach with his second field goal.

Murray led briefly in the second quarter when Gage Cuthbertson scored on a 27-yard run to make it 7-3 in the first quarter. But the Panthers countered with the TD pass from Livingston to Moten. Pine View never trailed again.

Kyle Tauiliili
Kyle Tauiliili

The win snaps the Panthers three-game losing streak. Pine View, 5-3 overall, will play at Dixie next Friday.

Stats: PV 20, Murray 10

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