Prep football: Pittsville's big-play makers lead in playoff victory

Prep football: Pittsville's big-play makers lead in playoff victory

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Prep football: Pittsville's big-play makers lead in playoff victory

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PITTSVILLE

Explosive plays and turnovers that turned into points was the formula for the Pittsville football team in its playoff opener.

The Panthers scored in many different ways during its WIAA Division 7 game against Bangor and it translated to a lopsided 43-12 victory for the Panthers Friday night. The Panthers improved to 3-0 in playoff against against Scenic Bluffs Conference opponents.

“We kind of own their conference,” Panthers coach Dan Hahn said. “We’ve always beaten their teams and I know Stratford and Edgar have gone down that way and won games against the top schools in their conference. Playing in the Marawood gets you ready for the playoffs.”

Junior running back Nathan Duppe and senior quarterback Brad Wesely combined for three scoring runs that were more than 30 yards each.

Dupee, who scored touchdowns on runs of 2, 11, 36 and 64 yards to finish with 162 yards on 13 carries, while Wesely scrambled for a 46-yard score for the Panthers other big play touchdown.

“We knew we were playing against a 4-4 defense and the line did great job blocking and opening up holes,” Wesely said. “Nate is a great running back and we like to put the ball in his hands because he makes things happen.

“We knew we had to pick it up for the playoffs and we started a little slow, but finished the game strong,” Wesely said.

Pittsville (7-3) playing in D7 for the first time in school history, takes on eighth-seeded Independence/Gilmanton, a 15-14 winner over top-seeded Cochrannm-Fountain City, in the second round of the postseason next week.

“Clinging to a 9-0 lead, Dupee struck for his first touchdown in the middle of the second quarter in his 64-yard run. After bolting through the line almost untouched, he made two Bangor defenders miss him and he had a clear path to the end zone.

“Nate had some good block, but makes a lot happen on his own,” Hahn said. “Brad made big plays with his feet too. I thought as the game wore on we were tougher than they were and wore them down. Our linemen on both sides of the ball are tough kids and they were a big part of making plays on offense and defense tonight.”

Defensive tackle James Lassa gave the Cardials fits all night. In the first quarter he sacked Bangor quarterback Caleb Miller in end zone for a safety and in the third quarter he blocked a punt, which his younger brother Matt recovered on the Bangor 15-yard line. Four plays later Dupee scored from 2-yards out.

The Panthers defense forced two turnovers and scored 14 points off the extra opportunities.

“Our defense stepped it up big tonight,” Wesely said. “We try to create turnovers and not make any ourselves. We stepped it up tonight and being in D7 we feel like we have a chance to make a deep run.”

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