HURRICANE – A 61-second stretch changed the entire feel of the ball game Friday night in Hurricane as the Pine View Panthers turned a nine-point edge into a 30-point blowout midway through the third quarter in a 49-19 victory at Hurricane.
“Turnovers were huge in that stretch,” said PV coach Ray Hosner. “We also made some adjustments at halftime as we felt like we could take advantage of some mismatches. But yeah, things changed in a big hurry, didn’t they?”
In fact, the Panthers turned the middle two quarters into their own personal playground. Down 12-7, PV scored a total of 42 unanswered points. And from the 6:31 mark of the second quarter to the 5:08 mark of the third quarter, the Panthers scored 35 straight, with four Ryan Javines touchdown passes and a Javines TD run.
“I just felt more comfortable and more confident this week,” Javines said. “The offensive line played great. I didn’t hardly get hit all night.”
One sequence in the game really changed it all. After a blocked punt gave Pine View a short field, Javines hit tight end Daniel Larsen for a 22-yard TD to make it 28-12, PV. On the extra point, Hurricane roughed the kicker, and then received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, meaning the Panthers would be kicking off from the Hurricane 30-yard line.
With nothing to lose, Pine View kicked an onside kick and recovered at the Hurricane 20-yard line. Two plays later, Javines found Lance Mandrigues, who scampered into the end zone for a 25-yard score to make it 35-12.
After the kickoff, Dylan Hendrickson intercepted a Hurricane pass and Javines threw his third TD pass in a row, this time a 47-yarder to Jacob Mpungi, making it 42-12 with 5:08 left in the third quarter. The three TD sequence took just 1:01 off the clock and put the game firmly in the Panthers’ favor.
Mpungi added his third TD of the game early in the fourth quarter in what turned out to be an easy rout for Pine View with both head coaches clearing the benches in the fourth quarter.
“I’m really surprised that it turned out like this because Hurricane is such a well-coached team,” Hosner said. “We were a little worried because they do a good job of keeping the ball and using the clock. But we were able to get them out of what they like to do and that’s always a good thing.”
Along with his interception, Hendrickson caught his first pass of the season — for a touchdown.
“They only have a couple of plays where I’m in there on offense and that happened to be one of them,” Hendrickson said. “I was wide open.”
Pine View, 6-1 overall and 2-1 in region, got 188 yards passing and a total of four touchdowns passing from Javines. He also had 77 rushing yards and a score. Mpungi had 110 rushing yards and 67 receiving yards and three TDs.
The Panthers play at Desert Hills next Friday in a battle for second place in region. Both teams have lost to Dixie. The first- and second-place teams in the region get a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Hurricane, which got 83 yards rushing and a TD from Jaron Cordova, drops to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in region. The Tigers are at Cedar next week.
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