NORTH LOGAN – A slugfest in the first quarter turned into a romp for the Pine View Panthers on the road at first-year school Green Canyon Friday night.
The Wolves actually scored first and later took a 14-7 lead before Pine View put the foot on the gas. The Panthers scored 28 straight points to finish the first quarter and take a 35-14 lead. The onslaught would continue as the Panthers drilled Green Canyon 69-21 when it was all said and done.
“Defensively, it took us a little while to figure some things out,” said Pine View assistant coach Ben Meier. “But going into the second quarter and continuing through the game, our defense played outstanding.”
After the Wolves first score, the Panthers Austin Peterson ran the ball in from 21 yards. Green Canyon quickly answered to retake the lead. Dallin Brown’s 2-yard plunge tied the game at 14.
Pine View took the lead on its next possession when Ryan Javines found Brooks Maile from 13 yards out. The scoring in the first ended with Jacob Mpungi getting two of his four touchdowns.
The second quarter was all Pine View. Two Connor Brooksby field goals and another touchdown from Mpungi gave the Panthers a 48-14 halftime advantage.
Pine View opened the second half with Javines scoring on the ground. Green Canyon then scored on a big play, a 76-yard pass, to pull within 55-21 to start the fourth quarter. But Mpungi found the end zone again in the fourth and the game scoring ended with a Panther defensive touchdown. Jon Parry stripped the Green Canyon running back then raced 21 yards to the end zone.
“That was a great play by Parry,” said Meier. “We actually had a pick-six by Samson Doyle, but a penalty negated the touchdown.
“Our offensive line played great all night. They opened holes up for our backs and gave Ryan Javines the time he needed to make plays. And Mpungi had to have over 200 yards for the game.”
Pine View is one-third of the way through its opening three games on the road. Next week, the Panthers travel to Lehi. The Pioneers won a shootout over Alta 72-66 in a double-overtime game Friday night.
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