SALT LAKE CITY
The past few seasons, Pine View has traditionally struggled to close games when they have trailed or been close late.
Certainly, the tables turned in the first week of 2013 play, against Judge Memorial.
After trailing 13-0 to the Bulldogs, the Panthers closed the game with a 38-11 run, capping a dramatic come-from-behind 38-24 win in non-region play at Judge Memorial.
“We decided we needed to be tough in every situation and not just the good situations,” Pine View coach Ray Hosner said. “Our kids were fearless; they didn’t panic. We stick in there, and we knew we could chip at them.”
The Panthers received the opening kickoff, but quarterback Kody Wilstead fumbled the ball on the first play, and Judge’s Ricky Maka recovered to give the Bulldogs excellent field position. Two minutes later, Kaden Ellis scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper, and Judge took a 7-0 lead.
A few moments later, another Pine View fumble was recovered by Zach Gill at the nine-yard line. The Bulldogs’ Max Barnett scored on a 2-yard run to give Judge a 13-0 lead.
“Early in the game, we had a few bad snaps, and we were kind of chasing the ball around,” Hosner said. “We definitely weren’t used to the humidity up here.”
After a Pine View punt, Judge Memorial was driving again, but then Ellis threw a pass which was picked by the Panthers’ Parker Ferris.
Immediately, Pine View scored on a 74-yard touchdown pass from Wilstead to Colton Miller, cutting Judge’s lead to 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs would respond though, as Michael Kearns used a dominant Judge outside running game to score on a 10-yard toss to the left, adding to the Bulldog lead. However, just before halftime, Wilstead led the Panthers into the red zone. Triston Duran ended up scoring from the one-yard line, leaving Judge with a 21-14 at the half.
The Bulldogs’ kicker, Andrew Matthews, connected on a 45-yard field goal early in the third quarter, giving Judge valuable momentum.
Pine View responded fast though, with Wilstead connecting with Jack Bangerter on an eight-yard cross for a touchdown to bring the Panthers within three, 24-21.
From here though, the Panthers dominated, as Wilstead connected with Bangerter on a 45-yard go-route to start the fourth quarter, giving Pine View its first lead, 28-24.
Judge’s momentum completely evaporated, as the Panthers tacked on two more scores. The first, a 10-yard field goal by Ethan Baer; the second, a 45-yard run by Duran, right after the Panthers stopped the Bulldogs on fourth down.
Wilstead threw for 411 yards and three touchdown passes, including two to Bangerter (10 catches, 177 yards). He also lost a fumble and threw an interception to end the first half.
“Jack Bangerter played absolutely amazing today,” Hosner said. “All our kids did a great job.”
The Panthers host Orem next Friday at 7 p.m.