The Valier Panthers picked up a dominating victory last weekend against Heart Butte as they dismantled the Warriors 47-0. The Panthers have a big weekend ahead of them as they take on their rival from up north, the Sunburst Refiners, to see who makes it to the 6-man playoffs this year.
Weslin Edwards got the Panthers going early as he scored from one yard out and a Reed Briggs PAT put the Panthers up 8-0. Cam Stolz scored on a six-yard run and Briggs was successful again on the PAT for a 16-0 lead. Kamden Broesder connected with Tyler VandenBos on a 45-yard touchdown pass and the Panthers led 22-0 after the opening quarter.
Stoltz scored from 53 yards out to open the second quarter and the lead grew to 28-0. Broesder hit Joe Ramos on a 58-yard touchdown reception and the Panthers led 34-0. Edwards scooped up a Warriors fumble and dashed 60 yards to the pay dirt and Valier was up 40-0 at the half.
Briggs scored on a six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Edwards ran in the PAT for the final points of the game and the Panthers won 47-0.
“We had a great team effort,” said head coach John Briggs. “I am very proud of the boys and the way they handled themselves. We were all business from start to finish.”
Briggs continued, “Offensively we somewhat had a three-headed monster on the ground with Reed, Wes and Cam all getting into the endzone. Kamden, Tyler and Joe also had a good night through the air. Defensively, we were solid overall. I thought Tyler had a great night, he broke up a lot of passes and got his first pick of the season.”
Briggs credited his defensive line of Ramos, Edwards, Hyrum Briggs and Rylee Gabbard with keeping the Warrior offense in check.
“I’m not sure Heart Butte ever had a play where they had time to throw or felt comfortable in the pocket,” said the coach.
The Panthers will be on the road for their battle with the Refiners on Saturday with kickoff slated for 6 p.m.