Pauls Valley Daily Democrat
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — The Pauls Valley coaches knew it would happen, they just didn’t know when. The Panthers finally put four quarters together and cut down on the stupid mistakes to knock off district favorite Purcell 28-13 at Thompson Field Friday night. This was the Panthers first win despite playing well the last two weeks. “I knew if we played up to our potential that we could win,” Pauls Valley head coach John Inman said. “This was a great win for us and I just can’t say enough about how proud I am of our kids.” J.C. Eyabi had a huge night for the Panthers carrying the ball 33 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. A majority of those carries came in the second half where he had 23 carries for 107 yards. Joe Kyle Foster had a big night through the air and could have had a bigger night. In the first half he was 9-of-16 for 107 yards but six of the seven misses were in and out of the hands of the receivers. Jake Hamilton was his favorite target on Friday night with four catches but it was Ty Moore that came up big two touchdown catches in the first half. The Panthers did something they hadn’t been able to do in the first three games. The opened the game with a touchdown and took an early 7-0 led. Pauls Valley marched down the field with a mixture of runs and passes. Eyabi capped off the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run. The Panthers got the ball back late in the first quarter and stuck again. This time Joe Kyle Foster hit Moore on a crossing pattern and the senior fought his way into the end zone of the final five yards for a touchdown. In all the play covered 24 yards and the Panthers had a 14-0 lead. Three plays later Purcell was doing some celebrating of their own as Drew Rolin Daniel Martinez with a 48-yard touchdown pass as the Dragons cut the lead in half 14-7. William Miranda just missed a 40-yard field goal by about six inches wide right early in the second quarter. The defense came up big for Pauls Valley holding Purcell to a 3-and-out. On fourth-and-five from the 35, Purcell lined up to punt. The fake was on and Barrett Huey pushed his way forward close to the first down. The chains came out and Huey came up less that an inch short and Pauls Valley got the ball at the Purcell 40. PV drove down the field from there and Joe Kyle and Moore hooked up again this time from 14 yards out and the Panthers had a 21-7 lead at the break. The third quarter was rather quiet. Pauls Valley had the ball most of the period as the Panthers ran 16 plays to the Dragons six. Pauls Valley put together a late third quarter drive that carried over into the fourth. On the second play of the fourth quarter Eyabi went around the end untouched for the touchdown and a 28-7 lead. Purcell wasn’t through. Dominique Gavia returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to the Pauls Valley 2-yard line. On first down, Jonah Woodly was introduced to Mr. Jake Hamilton who met him with a vicious hit three yards behind the line of scrimmage. Gavia would take the ball on second down and he wouldn’t be denied as he carried tackles into the end zone for the touchdown and cut the lead to 28-13 as PV blocked the extra point. It was the Eyabi show after that. JC got carry after carry as Pauls Valley moved down the field running time off the clock. The Panthers chewed up most of the fourth quarter clock and put their names back in the district title hunt with a 15-point win. “Let this be the start of something special,” Inman told his players after the game. The Panthers will now go on the road to Dickson to face the Comets. Dickson is 4-0 on the season after a win over Atoka.