Quick hits: Defense rules the night as Panthers edge Warriors

Pine View's Jacob Mpungi (6), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Football, St. George, Utah, Sept. 23, 2016, | Photo by Todd Ellis, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Connor Brooksby’s field goals of 36 and 19 yards provided the winning margin as Pine View defeated Snow Canyon 13-7 in 3AA South football on Friday night at Panther Stadium.

pine-view-logosnow-canyon-logoBut it took Dylan Hendrickson’s interception of Matt Kitchen in the end zone with 13 seconds left to seal the deal. The Warriors blocked another Brooksby attempt with 50 seconds left and moved from their 10 to the Panther 25 before Hendrickson broke their hearts.

“Our defense played well tonight. Definitely having Tyler Heaton back (from injury) really helps a ton,” PV defensive coordinator Brett Gifford said. “Up front, we were able get pressure on Kitchen and create some turnovers.”

Snow Canyon's Jeremy Olson (30), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Football, St. George, Utah, Sept. 23, 2016, | Photo by Todd Ellis, St. George News
Snow Canyon’s Jeremy Olson (30), Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, Football, St. George, Utah, Sept. 23, 2016, | Photo by Todd Ellis, St. George News

Lance Mandrigues scored the only touchdown of the game for Pine View and it came early. Two plays into the second quarter, Panthers quarterback Ryan Javines dropped back and found Mandrigues slicing through the middle. Javines hit the speedster with a bullet pass that Mandrigues collected as he dove into the end zone.

Brooks Sampson tied the game up later in the quarter when he snagged a rainbow toss by Kitchen in the back of the end zone over two Panther defenders. The extra point made it 7-7 with 3:40 left in the first half.

Pine View answered with a nice two-minute drill that culminated in Brooksby’s first field goal, the 36-yarder that came as time expired in the first half.

The defenses dominated after intermission, with Brooksby’s 19-yarder coming with 8:28 left in the third quarter. Neither team would score again.

Neither team reached the 300-yard mark on offense in the game. In fact, the Warriors were held to 191 yards on 56 plays, just 3.4 yards per play. Pine View had 258 yards, with Carson Clark catching five passes for 68 yards and Jacob Mpungi rushing for 62 yards.

Pine View, now 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the 3AA South Region, is at Hurricane next Friday night.

Snow Canyon, which drops to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in region, hosts Cedar at Warrior Stadium next Friday.

Stats: scpv92316

For more on this game and the rest of the 3AA South Friday night lights, including photos, quotes, stats and insight, go to Saturday Breakdown on St. George News.

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