Panthers hang on to beat Warriors


ST. GEORGE – The Pine View Panthers turned the Snow Canyon Warriors over six times to get the win 28-22 on Friday night.

Panthers senior quarterback Braxton Peterson saved his best high school game for his last. Peterson ran for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson also threw two touchdowns, accounting for all four Panther touchdowns.

The Warriors turned the ball over twice inside the Panther 5-yard line and had another touchdown taken off the scoreboard because of a penalty. On the very next play after the penalty, the Panthers intercepted a pass in the end zone.

It was easy to see why neither team was in the playoffs, both teams turned the ball over time and time again and both teams hurt themselves with countless penalties.

The first half was a tough one for the Warriors who had the ball three times inside the Panther 5-yard line and came away with zero points.

The Panthers on the other hand, had a great half scoring three touchdowns leading the game 21-0 at halftime.

The second half began with another Panther touchdown taking a 28-0 lead. Warrior quarterback Brayden Linde got the Warriors on the scoreboard with a 1-yard run late in the third quarter. The Warriors ran a fake extra point and got the two-point conversion to make the score 28-8.

Warrior running back Mitch Phillips scored on the last play of the third quarter to bring the score to 28-15. Phillips finished the game with 101 yards.

Snow Canyon defensive back Gabe Jensen intercepted a Peterson pass to set up another Warrior touchdown. The Warriors scored on 45-yard bomb from Linde to Daniel Schumacher mid way threw the fourth quarter to cut the Panther lead to six. Linde finished the game with 255 yards passing and a touchdown.

The Panthers then tried to run the clock out getting all the way down to the Warrior 1-yard line with just over one minute to play. The Warrior defense stepped up big holding the Panthers forcing them to kick a field goal. The kick was no good and the Warriors were 80 yards away from a win on senior night.

The Warriors drove half way down the field but the drive ended with an interception.

After the game, both teams had kids in tears. The Panther seniors were obviously a little happier then the Warrior seniors but both realized that their high school football careers were over.

The MVP’s of the game were – Panther quarterback Braxton Peterson who finished with 292 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Peterson also threw two touchdowns. Peterson accounted for over 300 yards of total offense and all four touchdowns.

The Warriors MVP is also a senior, Ben Gottfredson. He finished the game with 11 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Both senior MVP’s put it all on the field and get to hold their heads high as they close out their high school football careers.

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