Pauls Valley Democrat
The Pauls Valley Panthers sported pink socks and pink shirts under their pads to support cancer survivors during Friday’s “Pink Out” at Thompson Field.
Despite playing well between the 20’s, Pauls Valley only found the end zone once. The pink brought some luck late as William Miranda came through with a 33-yard field goal as PV survived with a 10-7 win over the Lone Grove Longhorns.
The Panthers were without leading rusher J.C. Eyabi for what is now a second game. Sophomore Tori Martin stepped up with 106 yards on 13 carries to pace the Panther offense that pounded out 227 yards on the ground. Manny Colmenares had 56 yards on 16 carries and Joe Kyle Fosters added 42 yards on 6 carries including the Panthers lone touchdown.
Pauls Valley squandered opportunity after opportunity to blow the game wide open. They had the ball in the red zone five different times and receivers dropped two for sure touchdowns one that would have been a 60-yard score and the other a 30 yard score.
On the Panthers first three possessions, they moved the ball easily between the 20’s. PV had a 14-play drive to start the game that resulted in a turn over on downs. On their second possession they turned the ball over on downs at the 20.
The defense came up big and Jake Hamilton blocked a punt that was scooped up by James Jones and returned to the 19-yard line. From there PV missed a field goal and squandered their third straight opportunity to get in the end zone.
The defense again came up big this time defensive lineman Daniel Brown picked off a pass at the line of scrimmage and returned it to the four before being brought down. Four plays late Pauls Valley finally found the end zone as the offensive line got a big push from the one-yard line to get Joe Kyle Foster in on a quarterback sneak.
Lone Grove would respond and Jaz Long would bolt in from 9-yards out to tie the game at 7 heading into the locker room at the break.
Pauls Valley continued to move the football between the 20’s but couldn’t find the end zone in the second half. They did put together a drive late behind three good catches by Joni Morales and the running of Martin.
PV moved from their own 15 to inside the Lone Grove 20. The drive stalled out and Miranda came in to attempt a 33-yard field goal. The kick was long enough and it just snuck inside the right upright to be good.
The defense would then force a Lone Grove punt at the four-minute mark and the offense would run out the clock for the win.
Pauls Valley moves to 3-0 in district play and will travel to Sulphur this week to face the Bulldogs.