ST. GEORGE — Hurricane got one key stop in the second half Friday night against Pine View and that proved to be all the difference.
The Tigers scored on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter, and stopped Pine View on two of their possessions, as Hurricane held on for a 42-35 win, spoiling Pine View’s Homecoming at Panther Stadium.
Josh Parker, celebrating his 17th birthday, passed for a career-high 241 yards and four touchdowns — three of them to Kirt McDaniel — and the Tigers outscored the Panthers 29-21 in the second half.
“This is a good birthday,” Parker said. “I knew we were going to mix it up today, but I didn’t know it would be this much. Our linemen played great. They pass blocked and run blocked great all night.”
McDaniel had 104 receiving yards (five catches) and those three TDs, while fellow wideout Kyle Williams caught four balls for 114 yards and Jacob Carr racked up 175 rushing yards on 25 carries, including a 40-yard TD run in the third quarter.
“I just keep my legs churning and if they let go, that’s not my fault,” Carr said. “I just try to get as many yards as I can and keep my legs going.”
Nick McDaniel (no relation to Kirt) had 87 rushing yards and a 3-yard TD with 3:27 left in the game that made it 42-28 and came just after the Hurricane defense forced a Pine View punt.
The Panthers scored quickly to cut it to 42-35 as Riley Livingston hit Steve Bangerter from 27 yards out with 2:34 left. A PV onside kick failed when a Panther player touched the ball before it went 10 yards.
Pine View did get the ball back with 27 seconds left and moved it to near midfield, but a last-second heave by Livingston was knocked away and the Tigers began their celebration.
Bangerter had a huge game for the Panthers, catching 10 passes for 186 yards and three TDs.
Hurricane, 3-2 overall and 1-1 in region, hosts Cedar for Homecoming next Friday. Pine View, 4-1 and 1-1, plays host to Desert Hills Friday night.
Make sure to check out Saturday Breakdown tomorrow on St. George News, with highlights, more photos, quotes and insight from Friday night’s games.
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