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September 21, 2012

PVHS football coach focuses on positive

GARDNER — Coach Bobby Wyatt is focusing on the positives despite PikeView’s rough start.

The Panthers hit the road for the first time last Friday night and fell to James Monroe 28-12.

“We played so hard,” Wyatt said. “The kids responded well to the week’s practice and the things we worked on. We talked about getting emotionally involved and physically prepared, but we had a couple mistakes that you just can’t do as a football team. That basically cost us a victory.

“I’m so proud of them that they went down there and played four quarters. It was 14-6 before the half and we gave up a score. I thought that would demoralize us, but we came out and fought the whole second half.”

The loss dropped PikeView to 0-4 on the year, but Wyatt knows better times are ahead.

“If we continue to progress like this, these kids are going to see good things in the future,” he added.

James Monroe’s Micah Deskins accounted for all four scores. He had rushing touchdowns of 17, 35 and 40 yards and caught a 15-yard score from Reed McNeer. The senior running back finished with 178 yards on the ground.

“The thing about it is it came on four or five plays,” Wyatt said. “[Deskins] had a couple not huge runs, but when you chop off 25 or 30 yards, that’s pretty big. It seemed like every time they needed something big, he was able to come up for it.”

The Mavericks took a 14-0 lead before PikeView could get their offense going. Jordan Hardin hooked up with Logan McKinney on a 29-yard strike.

The game would stay close until late in the second when Deskins caught a touchdown pass from McNeer to make it 21-6.

The Panthers didn’t let the end of the first half score by James Monroe crush them. PikeView stayed strong and kept the Mavs off the board until the fourth quarter when Deskins rushed for his third touchdown.

PikeView’s Hunter Moses capped off another outstanding performance with a 24-yard touchdown. He finished with 93 yards on 25 carries.

No other Panther had more than five yards rushing.

Hardin threw for 35 yards and a score. McKinney caught two passes for 33 yards and a touchdown..

“Field position hurt us early,” Wyatt said. “We’re so young and inexperienced up front and people are attacking us. It’s kind of hard to get anything going. Then you turnaround and look, Moses has right at 100 yards.

“We’re still doing some things rights. Again getting mentally prepared for the first part of the game, we weren’t quite ready for the seven-eight man rush they presented. We adjusted to it well, we came back and we’re doing some good things.”

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PikeView will have a tough task this Friday against Shady Spring as the Panthers look for their first win.

The Tigers (1-2) went deep in the AA playoffs last year, but are off to a disappointing start as they’ve moved up to AAA this year.

Shady Spring is still a dangerous team and led by talented quarterback Adam Weeks who has thrown for nearly 500 yards in the past two weeks.

“Now one had to tell me what kind of quarterback he was,” Wyatt said. “I knew as soon as I saw him on tape. He does a lot of good things for them. Give him some people who can catch and he’s going to get it to them.

“We’re preparing the best we can to try and do the best we can. We’re going to try to get some pressure on him. We’re going to have to play very good defense.”

The Tigers are coming off a dominating 42-6 victory last week against Independence. Weeks had four touchdown passes and five different receivers caught a pass.

While Shady Spring loves to go to the air, PikeView takes a more grounded approach. That won’t change this Friday either.  

“I think we’re going to have to mix up our formations,” Wyatt commented. “Not come out in one base set and give them an idea of what we’re going to do. They know we’re going to basically run the ball. We have to take them out of their weekly preparation.”

If the Panthers can have success on the ground, Wyatt knows that can be not only good for the offense, but the defense as well.

“If we can control the ball some and keep the ball out of their hands, then [Weeks] can’t throw it,” he said. “And when we play defense, we have to play smart.”

PikeView travels to Shady Spring tonight for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Coverage of the game will be on Willie 97.3 starting at 7:15 p.m.

At H.E. Comer

Sports Complex

PikeView.....0   6   0   6  — 12

James Monroe

.................7  14   0   7  —  28

First Quarter

JM - Micah Deskins 17 run (Ryan Wickline kick)

Second Quarter

JM - Deskins 35 run (Wickline kick)

PV - Logan McKinney 29 pass from Jordan Harden (run failed)

JM - Deskins 15 pass from Reed McNeer (Wickline kick)

Fourth Quarter

JM - Deskins 40 run (Wickline kick)

PV - Hunter Moses 24 run (run failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING - PikeView, Hunter Moses 25-93-td, Trevor Shannon 3-4, Adan Holdren 1-4, Joseph Jennings 2-1, Jordan Harden 3-(-12); James Monroe, Micah Deskins 21-178-3td, Brandon Carter 17-95, Reed McNeer 10-63, Brian Young 4-40, Shay Tomlinson 2-6.

PASSING - PV, Harden 4-16-1-35-1; JM, McNeer 5-12-1, 121-1.

RECEIVING - PV, Logan McKinney 2-33-td, Bradley Flinchum 1-3, Moses 1-(-1); JM, John Mustain 2-68, Devin Carr 1-26, E.T. Weiss 1-12, Deskins 1-15-td.

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