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September 17, 2013

Panthers fall in season opener

marie@pvdemocrat.com — The Pauls Valley Panthers showed improvement Friday night in their second straight road game to start the 2013 campaign. The Panther defense showed what they are capable of as did the offense despite playing with their back-up quarterback and two back-up running backs.

Turnovers once again seemed to be the down fall for Pauls Valley as the first three Bethany touchdowns came after turnovers and the Bronchos held on late for a 28-21 win.

The defense’s came out and played had early for both teams.

Pauls Valley’s Treston Williams picked off a Kyle Duke Pass deep in Panther territory to kill and the Broncho’s opening drive inside the Panther 20-yard line. Williams returned the ball out near mid field but the offense couldn’t get anything going.

Tyler Butt’s made an incredible one-handed interception catch on Bethany’s next possession to give PV the ball inside Bethany territory.

After an exchange of punts took the game into the second quarter, Bethany caught their first break of the night as they picked off a Coleton Jolley pass deep in PV’s territory. Facing a first-and-goal, it took Bethany three plays to final break down the Panther defense and get into the end zone on Duke’s 7-yard run.

On Pauls Valley’s next snap, the Panthers put the ball on the ground again deep in their own territory and Bethany came up with the ball at the Panther 25-yard line.

Pauls Valley seemed to have Bethany stopped but back-up quarterback Bryton Schmitt hit starting QB Duke with a 23 yard pass on fourth-and-10 for a first down at the two. Back-to-back penalties pushed Bethany back to the 18-yard line. Three plays late Bethany was able to move the ball down to the original line of scrimmage as was facing a fourth-and-goal from the two. Duke called his own number and powered his way in for the touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

It could have been easy for PV to hang their heads and quit but the Panthers responded. A 12-yard run on second down by Junior Meave gave PV life. On a second-and-seven play, Jolley dropped back to pass and hit Butts in stride down the side line and the sophomore receiver went the distance (59 yards) for a Pauls Valley touchdown.

Junior Tanner Hamilton came up with a huge interception on Bethany’s next series that gave PV possession at the Broncho 29. A 14-yard run by Hunter Nation on first down moved the ball to the 15. Three plays later, Jolley threw a pass to the end zone and Nation made a leaping catch for the touchdown tying the game at 14.

After an exchange of punts and interceptions in the third quarter, Bethany started a drive at the end of the third and ended with a touchdown a minute into the fourth quarter. Dorien Jackson scored on a 4-yard run to cap off a 62-yard 8-play drive.

Another 8-play drive on their Broncho’s second possession of the fourth quarter gave them a two score advantage. Jackson again was the recipient of the touchdown powering in from three yards out.

Pauls Valley made the game interesting in the final two minutes as they drove 41 yards to pay dirt. A 19-yard run by Jolley on third down gave PV a first down inside the 10-yard line. The Panthers went back to the air from there as Jolley hit Austin Foxworth with a 6-yard pass for a touchdown as PV cut the lead to 28-21 with 1:28 remaining.

Bethany got the ball back on the kick and ran out the clock for a seven point win.

Pauls Valley will be at home for the first time Friday night as they host former coach Jon Inman and rival Lindsay.

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