Dave Maxwell Pahranagat’s Christian Higbee takes down Virginia City running back Price Poston in the Panthers 76-32 state semifinal win last week. PVHS now faces Whittell for the state championship this Saturday at noon at Dayton High School.

Dave Maxwell
Pahranagat’s Christian Higbee takes down Virginia City running back Price Poston in the Panthers 76-32 state semifinal win last week. PVHS now faces Whittell for the state championship this Saturday at noon at Dayton High School.

The new kid on the block did it again.

Pahranagat Valley High School junior David Ingram scored five touchdowns, including four in less than five minutes in the third quarter, sparking a 38-point outburst by the Panthers in a 76-32 win over visiting Virginia City in the Division IV football semifinals last week in Alamo.

Tabor Maxwell threw five touchdown passes and amassed a school record and personal best 402 yards in the win. He also has a school record 43 passing touchdowns in a single season.

Pahranagat (11-0), the record seven-time defending state champion, now plays Whittell in the title game this Saturday in Dayton at noon.

Ingram had an 80-yard pass from Maxwell as time expired in the first quarter, in which the team scored twice on their first three offensive plays. Then, employing the Panthers quick strike offense, Ingram added touchdown runs of 28, 28 and 55 yards and a 61-yard touchdown reception, all in the span of 4 minutes 48 seconds in the third quarter as Alamo upped their 46-20 lead to 76-20.

Ingram had 148 yards on 11 carries and caught four passes for 168 yards, a personal best.

Maxwell, now the all-state passing leader with 2,558 yards, was 13 for 18 and five touchdowns. His record 402 yards tops the old record of 401 set by Taylor Poulsen against Coleville in 2008.

Virginia City coach Ron Presley said he expected Maxwell would have a big game. “We didn’t know if we could stop him and Wadsworth. That’s a tremendous combination that I don’t know if anybody can stop them. We came ready, but it’s just a great combination.”

In the meantime, Pahranagat held the Muckers rushing leader Price Poston to only 62 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Sam Strahan had 15 carries for 47 yards. The quarterback duties were split between starter Isaiah Yoder, 6 for 11, 44 yards, one touchdown, and Jordan Sequeira, 4 for 5, 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Maxwell said Alamo’s initial game plan had been, “to run up the middle, attack their big offensive tackles, but their corners were a little weak, one especially, so we decided to split one guy out and just burn ‘em deep. I have to give all the credit to my offensive line, they did an outstanding, amazing job.”

PVHS also got touchdown runs of 3 and 1 yards from Christian Higbee, plus 103 yards on 11 carries.

Shawn Wadsworth had six receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. Cody Williams had 102 yards on two catches and two touchdowns.

The Panthers overwhelmed the Muckers on offense, piling up 658 yards total offense while holding Virginia City to 312.

Coach Ken Higbee said “I think we’re seeing something pretty special with these kids and the way they play the games, the passes, the catches, the runs and the blocks. That was a big, physical team on the other side and our kids controlled them from start to finish.”

Asked what would happen if teams try to shut down the Maxwell-Wadsworth combination, Higbee said, “That just opens other things, and that’s the beauty of it, and our kids make those kind of plays.”

Wadsworth and Tyson Jorgensen were the leading tacklers for the Panthers, Wadsworth had 12 and Jorgensen with 10.

Virginia City (8-3) got three touchdown receptions from Ireland Franklin.

In the other semifinal, Whittell (11-0) scored a 48-26 win over Spring Mountain (8-3) in Zephyr Cove. Pahranagat Valley and Whittell have never played each other in football, but they have in baseball as Whittell eliminated the Panthers in the state tournament last spring.