It wasn’t even close.
Pine View led from start to finish Friday night at Panther Stadium.
Starting in his second varsity game under center, Pine View quarterback Ryan Javines threw for four touchdowns as the Panthers smashed the visiting Uintah Utes 47-3.
With the blowout win, Pine View has now outscored Uintah 124-10 over the last three meetings.
“Uintah is a good team with a lot of athletes, but our guys stepped up to the challenge tonight,” Pine View assistant and defensive coach Brett Gifford said.
After knocking off Snow Canyon 25-23 on a last-second field goal last week, Uintah ran into a buzz saw against the undefeated Panthers.
Uintah quarterback Kyle Henderson — who threw for three touchdowns last week — was shut down as the junior signal caller was chased out of the pocket on nearly every possession. Tyler Heaton and Brooks Maile lived in the backfield as they picked up multiple sacks and even blocked a field goal early in the second quarter.
“Uintah is balanced and likes to spread you out and tonight we did a good job of making them one-dimensional,” Gifford added. “The defense put them in tough spots which helped us get some turnovers tonight.”
Dylan Hendrickson — whose nickname is Screech on the team – had a team-high two interceptions and even scored a touchdown with a pick-six in the third quarter.
“I was just staying back in coverage and then I broke on the ball and my teammates did a great job blocking downfield for me,” Hendrickson said of his touchdown. “I was smelling the end zone for sure on that one.”
D’Angelo Mpungi also had an interception and Dallin Brown added a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter for the Panthers’ fourth takeaway of the game.
Pine View wide receiver Michael Moten opened the game with a 50-yard touchdown reception on the fourth play of the game. Javines found Moten open in the flat and after a juke, ran untouched to the house to put Pine View up 7-0 just a minute into the game.
After Mpungi’s interception on Uintah’s second possession of the game, Pine View made sure to take advantage as running back Kawika Santiago capped the drive off with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Uintah answered with a 45-yard field goal by Treven Mckeachnie who was helped out as the ball bounced off the uprights and in for the score.
After a pair of big catches from Jacob Mpungi and Moten, Santiago capped off the drive with his second touchdown of the day.
Uintah looked to turn the tide after the Utes blocked a punt midway through the second quarter and took over on the 25-yard line. But the Panther defense stepped up as the Utes couldn’t come away with any points.
“That was big for us because that could have really changed the game,” Gifford said. “The defense really rose to the occasion and I’m really proud of their effort tonight.”
Right before the half, the Panthers tacked on another touchdown as Daniel Larsen scored on a 2-yard reception to put the Panthers up 27-3 at the half.
“I was really impressed with the play of Ryan Javines,” offensive coordinator Todd Shaw said. “He’s continued to get better every week and executed everything we told him to do.”
After Javines was replaced at the end of the third quarter for backup Jacob Brann, the Panthers didn’t miss a beat as Brann guided the Panthers right down the field for another score.
After a couple of big runs from Brann, Jacob (Mpungi) finished the drive off with an incredible spin move to elude three defenders to put Panthers up 47-3.
“It’s like when you are playing Madden and you just hit the “B” button,” he said smiling. Jacob is a great runner and really turns good plays into great plays.”