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August 31, 2012

Young PVHS team logs loss in first gridiron match-up

GARDNER — PikeView head coach Bobby Wyatt knew there would be challenges this season.

Wyatt, who is in his first season as the Panthers’ coach, was implementing a new scheme with plenty of new faces dotting the roster. With so much new at PikeView, it was hard to say how the first game would go.

PikeView came out strong before hitting a rough patch midway through the game, as Summers County ran away with a 44-20 victory on Friday night at PikeView High School.

“Big plays. They’re a little stronger, older, wiser,” Wyatt said. “You could see the experience factor. I thought at 16-6, we really didn’t realize we were at in the game.

“We didn’t execute the kickoff well, and a couple mistakes turned a 16-6 halftime into 30-6. When you’re young, it’s hard to overcome those. They’re getting there. I think we’re learning.”

The Bobcats scored two late touchdowns in the second quarter to break open a 16-6 game. Summers County then put the game away in the third quarter as their lead grew to 44-6.

“It always good to start off with win,” Summers County head coach Josh Houchins said. “I thought our line took control of the game. I’m really proud of those guys in how they came together as a unit. The made the holes and our backs were able to get through them. It’s always good to get the first one under the belt.”

PikeView struggled to contain the Bobcats’ rushing attack. Summers County rumbled for 301 yards and had just six passing yards.

“It’s going back to the basics,” Wyatt said of tackling mistakes. “We talked about it. Lunging instead of breaking down and committing. They’re very good runners and if you lunge at them, they’re going to side step you. We worked on it and we’ll continue to work on it.”

The Panthers got on the board in the second quarter when Jordan Hardin hit Logan McKinney in stride on a deep pass. McKinney broke free and sprinted for a 68-yard touchdown.

PikeView then allowed Dustin Smith to breakaway for a 29-yard score and Erik Lindsey added a six-yard touchdown reception right before halftime.

In the second half, Smith helped put the game away with his second score of the game. T.J. Smith followed as the Bobcats built a nearly 40-point lead in third quarter.

With both teams going to their reserves, PikeView started to experience some success in the fourth quarter. Trevor Shannon rumbled for a 24-yard score then Daniel Brown added a four-yard touchdown.

“…As a coach, you want to see some kind of confidence,” Wyatt said. “Anytime you can score and do something right, it builds the confidence. It was real nice to see our freshmen get in there at the end.

“They played good defense. The first drive we scored on with the freshmen we ran two plays. It shows basic football can work. Once those kids realize that, other things will fall into place.”

Brown ran for 39 yards — all in the fourth — and fellow freshmen Brady Fobert added 36 yards. Tanner Farley led PikeView with 85 yards. Shannon had 42.

Brown and Fobert weren’t the only freshmen to see plenty of action. The Panthers had one starter on the offensive line which grew to two players when Tyler Ruble went down.

“We lost Tyler Ruble early in the first half,” Wyatt said. “We replaced him with a freshman and started a freshman center. We had a couple freshmen on defense. They're learning.

“The only thing that hurts me with that is we have a slim JV schedule. I want these ninth graders to get their games in. We just have to watch their quarters.”

Jordan Hardin passed for 85 yards. McKinney had 80 yards receiving.

Dustin Smith paced Summers County with 118 yards. Brown had 65 yards and T.J. Smith finished with 58 yards.

PikeView (0-1) hosts River View (1-0) Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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