Happy 17th birthday, Josh Parker.
The Hurricane quarterback completed 11 of 17 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns to lift the Tigers past Pine View, 42-35, Friday night.
“He made it like it was my birthday,” Hurricane coach Steve Pearson said.
All of Hurricane may feel that way after Friday night’s win.
“Last year, we lost to them, and we had a bad taste in our mouth,” Hurricane’s Kirt McDaniel said. “This year, they scheduled us for their Homecoming, and that just ticked us off.”
A week ago, Pine View spoiled Snow Canyon’s Homecoming. Now, Hurricane has ruined theirs. Memo to 3AA South teams: Get the Homecoming game out of the way in the preseason, as Region 9 will be, as it always is, excruciatingly close and unpredictable.
Pine View entered the game undefeated; Hurricane came off a 37-10 loss to Desert Hills. Few could have seen what was coming.
Even fewer could have foreseen Hurricane winning through the air. Hurricane’s Wing-T offense doesn’t normally see gaudy passing game statistics like the Tigers compiled Friday.
McDaniel had 104 yards receiving and three touchdowns; Kyle Williams added 114 and a score.
“The credit goes to Josh Parker,” McDaniel said. “He tends to get underrated because we’re a running team, but if we were a spread team, he’d be insane.”
Parker was especially deadly in the fourth quarter, when both teams scored 21 points.
Pine View scored on the first play of the quarter — a 14-yard strike from Riley Livingston to Steve Bangerter to tie the game at 21.
Minutes later, though, Parker found McDaniel in the end zone for a 36-yard strike. The 5-foot-8 McDaniel ran between two defenders, boxing out one of them to haul in the ball.
“It was a broken play,” McDaniel said. “I ran into the tight end and fell down. I got up and I saw that no one was in the end zone, so I ran there.”
Pine View responded quickly. Kobe Topalian burst through a big hole, the key block thrown downfield by ach Spendlove, and then cut back for a 38-yard score to knot the game at 28.
Hurricane’s response was even quicker. Williams got a step on his defender, and Parker found him on a deep throw. Williams shirked his tackler and raced for a 76-yard score.
“That wasn’t a designed play,” Parker said. “I saw he was open, and he made a heck of a play.”
Hurricane then held Pine View to a three-and-out, and it was time for another McDaniel to take over.
Nick McDaniel’s 29-yard run plus a 15-yard horse collar penalty oved the ball deep into Pine View territory.
Three plays later, Nick McDaniel dove into the end zone to make it 42-28 Hurricane with 3:27 left.
Bangerter caught his third TD pass of the game with 2:34 left to pull Pine View within a TD. But Hurricane got the onside kick.
Jacob Carr shone on the final drive—dragging a pile of Panthers with him for a critical first down. Carr, who was a question mark before the game, because of a knee injury, ran for 175 yards and a score.
Pine View got the ball back with 27 seconds left, but with 74 yards to go, they could only get to midfield.