Playing in the outfield of a baseball diamond, Pahranagat Valley went more to the air than the ground in taking the sting out of the Beatty Hornets in a 50-8 league win last Friday.
Hornets like to swarm, and Alamo coach Ken Higbee said they were doing that at the line of scrimmage. “They were putting seven men in the box. They were saying ‘beat us with the pass.’” So, the Panthers did.
Tabor Maxwell threw seven touchdown passes, including three to wide receiver Shawn Wadsworth, to lead the Panthers by the Hornets and in so doing broke the school record of six TD passes in one game by Cody Hosier, who did it twice in 2010.
Maxwell was 12 of 15 passing for 337 yards, and Wadsworth finished with five catches for 102 yards for the Panthers (5-0, 3-0 Division IV Southern).
David Ingram added 142 yards receiving on four catches, and two scores, and Christian Higbee and Cody Williams each had a TD reception for PVHS, which led 26-0 at halftime.
“Our kids executed real well,” Higbee said. “But it was also the shortest game I have ever coached. We had only five plays in the second half. There was no scoreboard at the baseball field and time was kept on the field.” He thought it must have been a running clock in the second half, because the game was over very quickly. “Just five plays after halftime, and and it was over.”
Jacob Henry connected with Isaias Femat on an 11-yard TD pass for Beatty (1-4, 0-3 Southern).
The reason the game was on the baseball outfield was because the football field is being reseeded.
On the ground the Panthers only ran the ball 16 times using just three men for 55 yards, plus the 15 pass attempts.
Ingram, in particular, shined with TD receptions of 38 and 76 yards. Wadsworth had one for 52-yards.
Maxwell’s 337 yards and seven touchdowns maintains his standing as the top quarterback in the state, 1,420 yards on 59 for 98 (60.2 percent), 24 scores and one interception. Wadsworth leads the state in reception yardage, 620 on 24 catches and 11 touchdowns.
Three of the next four league games are at home, starting this week with a strong challenge from co-league leader Spring Mountain.
The Panthers have an 11-0 record over the Eagles since 2005 including the last three state championship games.
By way of brief comparison with Spring Mountain, quarterback Diquan Spiller is the leader for the Eagles, rushing for a per game average of 76.8, a passing average of 102.8 and a total game average of 179.5.
Maxwell for PVHS, has a passing average of 270.8, a rushing average of 54.3, and a total game average of 325.0.