Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
Seventeen senior football players were honored Thursday night at Thompson Field as they played in their final regular season home game.
The Panthers got out fast and rolled out to a huge lead before Atoka rallied.
The Pauls Valley Panthers scored three touchdowns on their first four offense plays and rolled out to a 34-7 first quarter lead over the Atoka Wampus Cats.
Atoka rallied in the second half against the Panther’s junior varsity squads to make the game more interesting. Pauls Valley closed out the game with a Jesse Williamson interception as the Panthers held on for a 57-41 win.
Pauls Valley had over 600 yards in total offense. Joe Kyle Foster was 5-for-5 with four touchdowns and 205 yards.
Sanders had two catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Lester had 2 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown, Garrett Hamilton had two catches for 55 yards, Joni Morles had a catch for 49 yards and a touchdown and Ty Moore had a 24-yard catch for a touchdown.
J.C. Eyabi had 173 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns to help pace the Panthers to the best offensive output this year.
Pauls Valley ran four plays in the opening eight minutes on offense and had a 20-0 lead.
Dewayne Sanders got the scoring started. On the Panthers first play of the game, Foster dropped back to pass and hit Sanders in stride for a 76 yard touchdown.
The Panthers got the ball back two minutes later and after a run by Eyabi, Jake Hamilton broke free in the middle of the field and brok to the edge and scored from 23 yards out.
The Panthers got the ball back at mid field and Foster hit Joni Morales in stride for a 49-yard touchdown.
Atoka would get a touchdown with three minutes to go in the first quarter to cut the lead to 20-7.
Ty Moore would reach the end zone on a 24-yard pass from Foster.
Moore would then recover a fumble and Sanders would catch a 40-yard touchdown pass from Foster for a 34-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In all the Panthers ran nine offensive plays in the first quarter and scored 5 touchdowns.
A fumble recovery by Williamson would lead to a one-yard plunge by Eyabi.
Atoka would drive down the field but be stopped at the 5-yard line. Pauls Valley would drive down the field and William Miranda would boot through a 27 yard field goal for a 44-7 lead.
Atoka would get good field position on the kick off and would score with no time left on the first half clock to cut the Panther lead to 44-14.
Atoka would score early in the second half on a blocked punt return.
Traylor Lester and the Panthers would respond as Lester caught a 72-yard pass from Carter Tate for a 50-21 lead.
Atoka would then scored back-to-back touchdowns before the Panther coaching staff reinserted the first string players.
Eyabi would give PV a three touchdown cushion with a 22-yard touchdown run.
Atoka wasn’t done as they scored on a 67-yard pass play.
Atoka got the ball back late but Williamson ended the Wampus Cats hopes of coming back with an interception.
Pauls Valley finished with 312 yards on the ground on 39 attempts. They were 11-of-18 thorugh the air for 349 yards for 681 total yards.
The Panthers now have two huge road games to end the season.
PV travels to Plainview Friday night with a chance to wrap up a home playoff spot. Plainview defeated Dickson 49-0 to move to 4-1 in district play.