Pine View 29, Hurricane 14
ST. GEORGE — The Pine View Panthers grabbed a share of first place in Region 9 with a 29-14 victory over the Hurricane Tigers. The difference in the ball game were five field goals from kicker Ethan Baer.
“We had trouble punching the ball in early,” said Panther head coach Ray Hosner. “I have always said our kicker is just as important as any other player on the field. Ethan came through for us tonight.”
The story of the game through three quarters was Pine View’s inability to score touchdowns in the red zone and Hurricane’s inablity to move the ball at all.
“Our defense played well tonight,” said Panther cornerback Micahael Long. “We took away what they wanted to do with (Jeremiah) Ieremia and forced them into passing the ball more than they wanted.”
After two Baer field goals (from 17 and 28 yards out) in the first quarter, Hurricane did move the ball in the beginning of the second quarter with a 65-yard drive, highlighted by a 37-yard run by Ieremia. With 9:05 left in the first half Ieremia dove in the end zone from 3 yards out to tie the score. The extra point was blocked. Baer added another field goal (20 yards) just before halftime, making it 9-6.
On the ensuing Tiger possession, Panther outside linebacker Gage Afatasi stepped in front of Tiger quarterback Kaden Langston’s screen pass and returned the interception 46 yards for PV’s final score. With 5:56 to play, the lead had grown to 29-6. “They run a lot of screens and draws,” said Afatasi. “I dropped to my zone and the pass came right to me.”
The Tigers got on the board at the end of the game with an Angel Bulloch touchdown and two-point conversion.
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