Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 20, 2012

PikeView falls short in upset bid, fall at Liberty-Raleigh 43-20

COAL CITY — The Independence Patriots came into Friday night’s battle riding high after a 40-37 upset victory over Liberty last week, while the PikeView Panthers traveled into Coal City looking for their first victory of the season.

However, it was the home team Patriots who picked up the win on their final home game of the season, by a score of 43-20.

Independence was led by senior tailback Aaron Tolliver, who racked up 190 total yards, three  touchdowns and an interception for good measure.

Independence (4-4) got off to an early 16-0 lead in the first quarter following touchdown runs from seniors Trevor Moore and John Powell.

The second quarter was all Patriots. Tolliver picked up his first touchdown of the night with 10:24 remaining, with an 11 yard touchdown carry down the sideline.

Just a few minutes later, the senior would find the end zone from 8 yards out.

Junior Colton Ward picked up a touchdown with three minutes remaining. The scrappy tailback blew past the PikeView defense for 41 yards.

However, it would be Tolliver who would once again find the end zone when Brian Sexton completed a short pass that Tolliver took 23 yards for his final score of the game and on the grass of George Covey Field.

The Panthers added a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes of the game, when Ryan Roberts scored on a short run and Jordan Hardin found Hunter Moses in the end zone.

“Wow,” Tolliver said after the game. “That’s all that was going through my head out there. It feels amazing. I mean, we started a little rough the past few games, but once we got past it, we clicked real well. We held our ground real well.”

Independence head coach Scott Cuthbert had a lot to say about his team.

“It was a fun night, especially with this senior class. This is their last home game and we’re proud of them,” he said. “There’s not many of them, but they’re productive. They lead by example.

“They played a super first half. The defense sucked it up. The O-line protected well, and we threw the ball well. I’m proud of the whole bunch.”

Tolliver hopes the Patriots will ride the momentum of two straight victories into New Richmond next week as they take on a hungry Wyoming East.

“It’s going to be one great game next week against them,” he said.

“It’s going to be power football all the way. Our line against their line, see who can stop who.”

Also Friday night, PikeView (0-8) will host Oak Hill, which will be looking to rebound following a tough loss to Bluefield.

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