ST. GEORGE — Austin Blake rushed for more than 100 yards in the second half and 140 in the game as No. 1-ranked Pine View beat No. 2 Snow Canyon 20-13 Friday night.
Blake, the Panthers' junior tailback, averaged more than eight yards per carry and gave his team the lead with a 44-yard run in the third quarter.
"You have to give the offensive line a lot of credit because they opened some big holes in the second half," Pine View coach Ray Hosner said. "Once Austin gets through that first hole, he is very, very dangerous." The Warriors (5-1 overall, 1-1 in region play) led 7-0 late in the second quarter after Jordan Goodrich sprinted 26 yards for a touchdown with 2:07 before halftime.
Pine View (5-0, 2-0) responded with a perfect two-minute drill. Quarterback Jason Anderson passed 34 yards to Carson Seegmiller and rushed for 32 on a QB draw before taking it in from four yards out with just nine seconds left in the half.
"That was huge, it changed the game, scoring like that before halftime," Anderson said. "We just got on a roll after that." The Panthers then came out in the second half and marched up the field, taking their first lead on the sprint up the middle by Blake. He ripped through a big hole, juked the next wave of tacklers and stiff-armed a defensive back before running the final 20 yards for paydirt.
Pine View upped its lead to 20-7 with an 11-yard run by Seegmiller early in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors got a TD with 1:34 left in the game on a 13-yard pass from Landon Smith to Casey Heward, but Nate Clements recovered the onside kick for Pine View and the Panthers ran out the clock from there.