GARDNER — After a tough season start, the PikeView Panthers finally got their chance to play the part of the predator.

Logan Cook rushed for 103 yards, including a 38-yard rushing touchdown and PikeView finally got a notch in the left hand column in a 14-0 shutout of visiting Liberty-Raleigh at Disibbio Sports Complex on Friday night.

“We had a difficult time last week. We didn’t have Peyton Greer last week and Braydon Mullins, a freshman quarterback, stepped in. He did an excellent job, but we just had a few mishaps,” said PikeView head coach Jason Spears.

“I don’t care if it’s a shutout or if we win 50-48 … as long as we get a win.”

Spears credited a second-half revelation during last week’s loss to Van that set the tone for this week’s drought-breaker.

“Against Van, in the second half our defense realized if they play more aggressive, pursue and tackle, good things can happen. They just transferred that to this week and defense pretty much just dominated the game tonight,” said Spears, whose team confined the visiting Raiders to 75 yards of total offense.

Spears credited his linebackers and defensive line with a special shout-out to defensive tackle Marcus Matney and defensive end Jason Cochran for setting the tone for the entire defensive unit.

Austin Shrewsbury pounded out 38 yards and added a 15-yard scoring run for the Panthers, who successfully controlled the clock and let the defense to the heavy lifting.

PikeView travels to Westside tonight at 7:30.

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