Pauls Valley Democrat
On three different occasions in the final six minutes the Pauls Valley Panther defense came up big when the Sulphur Bulldogs were driving for a touchdown.
That allowed the Panthers to hang on late for their fourth straight win as they defeated Sulphur 27-20.
The Panthers first big defensive stand came after a Pauls Valley fumble. Sulphur was driving and had the ball inside the Panther 30-yard line. Sulphur fumbled the ball and Ty Moore pounced on it giving PV the ball at the 20.
Joe Kyle Foster dropped back to pass on down and threw the ball deep down the middle of the field for Joni Morales.
The ball looked to be over thrown but Morales turned on the jets and ran under the ball and out ran the defense 75 yards for the go ahead touchdowns.
Sulphur would get the ball back and had a drive going again. Pauls Valley would hold on fourth down and get the ball back with 5 minutes remaining.
The Panthers would turn the ball over on downs two minutes late and the Bulldogs would start down the field again, this time crossing mid field and moving inside the 30.
On fourth-and-one the Panthers would get a huge stop at the line of scrimmage stopping Sulphur’s comeback bid with 44 seconds remaining. Foster took a knee and the Panthers took home their fourth straight win.
Sulphur scored first as Johnson powered his way in from 19 yards away.
William Miranda would cut the lead in half with a 27-yard field goal for the Panthers.
After a bad punt, the Panthers marched 54 yards down the field and on fourth-and-one at the 10, Foster on a quarterback sneak scored to give PV a 10-6 lead.
Sulphur would regain the lead just before half on a short touchdown pass by quarterback Ryan Rackley.
With the aid of two penalties, the Panthers moved quickly down the field and set up for a 45-yard field goal right before the half. Miranda got under the ball a bit but he got 45 and a half yards on the kick as it just cleared the cross bar tying the score at 13.
The Panthers came out firing in the second half as Dewayne Sanders scored on a 70-yard wide receiver screen. But a penalty flag negated the play and PV continued their drive.
After taking four minutes off the clock, Foster again threw in the direction of Sanders who got the Bulldog defense for a 28-yard touchdown.
Johnson would tie the score at 20 in the fourth quarter on a 49 yard run.
The Panthers would respond and pulled out the win.
PV will be at home Thursday night in their final home game of the season as they face Atoka for senior night.