The Pauls Valley Panthers let one slip away Friday night as they at home losing a heartbreaker to Dickson 20-13.
It was Dickson’s fifth win of the year and the first time in school history that the Comets have been 5-0.
Pauls Valley played four hard quarters and had an opportunity late to tie the game and appeared to have scored but a penalty negated a touchdown and PV couldn’t recover.
It was an epic battle all night as a pair of like teams exchanged blows for 48 minutes.
Dickson took the opening kickoff and held the ball for over 8 minutes. On the 15th play of the drive the Panther defense made a stop holding Dickson on a fourth-and-9 at the PV 15.
Pauls Valley marched down the field with a 16-play drive of their own. A fourth down run by Jase Elkins kept the drive alive just across midfield. Elkins 17-yard run on fourth down pushed PV to the Dickson 23.
Elkins and Coleton Jolley had runs that gave PV a first down at the 12-yard line. Carter Tate got the Panthers down to the 5-yard line. On third down Elkins charged into the end zone for a 7-0 Panther lead.
PV forced a 3-and-out and got the ball back at their own 35-yard line. PV moved the ball up to midfield and on fourth-and-7 the Panthers faked a punt snapping the ball to Tate who hit Junior Meave with a pass that went for 18 yards and a first down in Dickson territory. The drive stalled out after that and PV turned the ball over on downs at the 32.
Dickson’s Chris Bamburg had a couple of runs that moved the Comets out across midfield. ON a second-and-9, Bamburg hit Bryar Byrne with a pass out in the flats and Byrne turned on the jets going up the sideline 45 yards for a touchdown. The extra point failed.
Pauls Valley had a big return out across midfield by Jake Hamilton erased with a holding penalty. PV Did move down inside the 40-yard line but time ran out in the first quarter with PV leading 7-6.
Pauls Valley got the ball to start the second half but a fired up Dickson defense stuffed the Panthers on three straight plays forcing a punt.
Hamilton got off a good punt that was downed at the Dickson 25-yard line.
Dickson pounded out a 10-play, 75-yard drive over the next six minutes. Bamburg had a majority of the touches on the drive including a 31-yard run that would have made Harry Houdini smile. PV had Bamburg wrapped up in the backfield but he escaped and found the end zone to give Dickson their first lead of the game.
After playing the battle of field position with the punt, Pauls Valley caught their first break of the game. Bamburg fumbled the exchange and PV’s Kevin Mendoza came up with the loose football at the Dickson 20-yard line.
Elkins picked up six yards on first down and then got the remaining four on fourth-and-3 to give PV a first-down at the 9-yard line. On first down, Tate found Taner Campbell alone in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown pass.
PV faked the point after touchdown kick and Tate had Chase Ensey alone in the end zone but the pass sailed over his head and PV led 13-12.
Dickson had a big return out to the 50-yard line on the ensuing kick off but a penalty backed the Comets up to the 19-yard line. On the next play, Chanler Towler found a crease and got the sideline going 81 yards for the touchdown but a penalty negated that run.
Dickson kept the ball on the ground moving into Pauls Valley territory on runs by Byrne. The Panther defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs at the PV 26-yard line.
On the very next play, Pauls Valley fumbled the ball and Dickson recovered at the 27-yard line.
Bamburg made quick work of the yardage going 23-yards on the second play of the drive for the touchdown. Pauls Valley appeared to have the conversion run stopped but a penalty gave Dickson another shot and Bamburg rumbled up the middle for the score and a 20-13 lead.
The Panthers got the ball back on their first two plays fumbled the ball losing 9 yards. Tate got some time to throw the ball on third down hitting James Jones with a 16-yard pass setting up a fourth-and-3.
Tate picked up the first down on a 10-yard run and another pass to Jones moved PV across midfield to the Dickson 44.
Tate rolled to his right on first down and was hit late out of bounds for a penalty moving PV to the 29-yard line. Tate then caught a pass off a reverse and was hit late out of bounds again moving the ball to the 11-yard line.
Tate hit Campbell with a pass for an apparent touchdown but a holding flag moved the Panthers back to the 26-yard line.
PV had three shots at the end zone but couldn’t connect as time expired.
Badgers, Savages post wins
Both Elmore City-Pernell and the Wynnewood Savages remained perfect in district play after defeating district foes on Friday night.
Edgar Gonzalez continued to churn out the yardage for the Elmore-Pernell Badgers in a 33-31 win over one of the district favorites Wewoka at Wheeler Field.
Gonzalez had 194 yards on 33 carries with four touchdowns to lead the Badger offense. Cole Ratchford raced around the 100-yard mark again finishing with 93 yards for the Badgers.
Derek Medford had only one carry Friday night but he made it count scoring from 15 yards out. Tyler Sharp had 13 yards rushing and was 1-of-1 passing for 21 yards in the Badgers win.
The Badgers had 315 yards on the ground.
The Badger defense came up big to help secure the victory recovering a Wewoka fumble late as they held on for the win.
In Wynnewood, the Savages had 337 yards in total offense while giving up on 60 yards in a 42-6 win over Maysville.
Pete Carter had 114 yards through the air with three touchdowns to help spark the Savage offense. The Wynnewood backs had 223 yards on the ground against the Maysville defense.
The Maysville offense couldn’t muster much all night. They finished with 65 yards passing. For the second straight week the WW defense held their opponent to negative yardage in the passing game holding the Warriors to minus 5 yards.
Elmore City-Pernell travel to Wynnewood next week for an all-important battle for an early lead in the district standings.
Maysville will be at home as they host Cashion in a non-district game.