Pauls Valley Democrat
Junior Meave had a career night with over 220 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns to lead the Pauls Valley Panthers to their first win of the season 42-17 in Atoka Friday night.
Meave had 184 yards rushing and TD runs 3, 14, 12 and 16 yards to lead the Panthers who had over 390 yards rushing and finished with 475 yards overall.
Atoka did have their best offensive output of the season with 17 points as the PV defense gave up 245 yards 122 on the ground and 123 through the air.
The turnover bug has plagued the Panthers all season and three snaps into the game Pauls Valley turned the ball over and Atoka recovered. The Wampus Cats marched down the field on a 17-play drive scoring on a Jalen Harris 11-yard run for the early 7-0 lead.
The Pauls Valley offense came right back as they gashed the Wampus Cats with their running game. Coleton Jolley and Junior Meave moved PV down the field with runs over 10 yards each. Jolley had runs of 19, 20 and capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7 at the end of the first quarter.
Atoka moved the ball back down the field on their next possession but the Panther defense dug in and forced a 42-yard field goal attempt that was short and PV got the ball at the Atoka 20.
Meave nearly went the distance on first down but was tackled after a 20-yard gain. Meave would have runs of 14, 3, 15 and a 3-yard run capped off the drive with touchdown and a 14-7 lead the Panthers first of the game.
Harris returned the ensuing kickoff and almost scored before being knocked out at the Panther 13-yard line. A 9-yard pass on first down pushed PV’s defense with their backs against the goal line. The PV defense gave up a first down to the 3 but the Panthers dug in a and held them to a 32-yard field goal attempt at was good by Pugh as Atoka cut the lead to 14-10.
A big return by Braden Jackson on the kick off gave PV a first down near midfield. PV moved down the field in the final 90 seconds of the half. Carter Tate had a touchdown pass dropped but an 18-yard pass play to Junior Meave gave PV a first down at the 14.
PV got inside the 10 to the six on Tate’s run setting up a 23-yard field goal late in the half. Manny Colmenares kick was wide right and PV held a 14-10 lead at the break.
Atoka got the ball to start the second half and continued to move the football on the Panther defense. Harris had an 11-yard pass play and then a 17-yard run to help moved the Cats to the Panther 30-yard line. The Panther defense again dug in and didn’t allow any yardage and PV got the ball back on a turn over on downs at the 30.
Treston Williams got PV going in the second half with a 20-yard gain to start the drive. Meave picked up where he left off in the first half with a 23-yard gain on the Panthers second carry of the half.
Tate went to the air on first down from the 27 and hit James Jones with a touchdown, but Jones was called pass interference and PV was backed up to the 42-yard line. Tate went right back to the air and hit Tanner Campbell with a pass that was good for 28 yards and a first down to the Atoka 14. Junior Meave took a hand off on first down and went the distance for a 14-yard touchdown and a 20-10 lead after the kick failed.
PV had good coverage on the kickoff stopping Atoka at the 13-yard line. Atoka was facing a third-and-7 when Harris dropped back to pass and hit Rember who got behind the defense and went 84 yards for the touchdowns to cut the PV lead to 20-17 in the middle of the third quarter.
A big kick off return by James Jones aided by a late hit penalty gave PV the ball at the Atoka 40. Jolley started the drive with a 15-yard run and added a 9-yard run that pushed PV to the Atoka 12. Meave got the ball and carried in from there for a 12-yard touchdown. Jolley’s conversion run gave PV a 28-17 lead.
Atoka would turn the ball over for the first time on the night giving PV the ball at the 40 as Treston Williams recovered the ball for the Panthers.
Three plays and PV was in the end zone again. Williams had a 13-yard run in-between runs of 11 and 16 by Junior Meave including a touchdown from 16 yards out as PV took a 34-17 lead.
Pauls Valley got the ball back near midfield to start the fourth quarter as they forced Atoka to punt.
Junior Meave had a big run that took PV inside the Atoka 30 but a pair of penalties backed the Panthers up 25 yards to the 49-yard line.
Tate would hit Junior Meave with a 38-yard pass to pick up a first down to the Cat 9-yard line.
Fullback Chase Hall would get his first carry of the night and make it count going into the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown and a 42-17 lead.
It was the Panthers second and third teams who finished up from there. The Panther defense gave up a first down to Atoka but they stopped the Cats near midfield and forced a turn over on downs.
Matt Perry came in to guide the Panthers the rest of the way at quarterback. Perry and the Panthers were able to keep the clock rolling and the chains moving as they ran out the final 4 minutes of the game.
Jackson, Colmenares, Hall and Perry all had carries in an 8-play drive that moved the ball to the 5-yard line before time ran out.
Pauls Valley won for the first time this season winning 42-17.
The Panthers will now face top 10 Plainview at home. The Indians are coming off a 70-7 win over Dickson.