By JONATHAN GREENE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A night of celebration at PikeView High School was quickly spoiled by Wyoming East.
The Warriors raced out to 28-0 halftime advantage thanks to two scores by Jacob Summe and two turnovers by the Panthers. PikeView couldn't turn the tide in the second half as Wyoming East left Gardner with a 28-6 victory Friday night.
“First two quarters we did exactly what our game plan was,” Wyoming East head coach Gary Poindexter said. “We ran the ball well and mixed in the pass when we needed to. I thought our offense and defense did a great job.”
Summe rushed for 168 yards on 13 carries in the first half with touchdown runs of 3 and 59 yards. The junior back out-gained the Panthers by himself. The Warriors held a 268 to 67 advantage in yards at the break.
“It was another slow start,” PikeView head coach Bobby Wyatt commented. “With that being said, the drive we came down here and fumbled the snap at the 15 seemed to seal the deal for us. They drove back down to make it 21-0 then it was 28-0. It seems like as before we've got those five or six minutes where we go dead.
“We had two bad snaps. We play in rained-soaked weather at Greenbrier West and have no turnovers then come here and have two snaps on the center-quarterback exchange. That killed two drives we had going.”
PikeView received the ball to start the game, but was held to a three-and-out.
Summe and Wyoming East quickly took advantage. On their third play, Summe broke free for a 58-yard run. Three plays later Summe went untouched into the endzone for a three-yard score.
The Panthers had great starting position on their next drive, but on third down, Hardin couldn't handle the snap and the Warriors' Chris Cecil recovered the ball.
PikeView had Wyoming East stopped, but on fourth and short, Chase Lowman plowed forward for a first down. On the next play, Aaron Griffith hit Christian Hedinger for a 27 yard touchdown pass.
“They had some untimely turnovers in the first half and we punched it in both times they had the turnovers,” Poindexter said. “Jacob Summe ran the ball well. The offensive line did a great job. Our defense stepped up when they needed to.”
The Panthers would not give up though as they put together a nice drive at the end of the first quarter and start of the second.
PikeView's Hunter Moses nearly broke free for a touchdown before Wyoming East tripped him up for an 18-yard rush. On fourth and five, the Panthers went back to Moses for a big first down conversion. They then crossed midfield when Jordan Hardin hit Bradley Finchum for a 25-yard gain.
The momentum was short-lived as PikeView fumbled for the second time and the Warriors recovered again.
“The kids are getting a feel of what momentum is with the drive, but until you top it off with a score, you don't get the affect,” Wyatt said. “We haven't been able to do that. If you stick that in and make it a 14-7 game, you don't know what can happen.
“Our team hasn't got that feeling all year. Once they get it, I think they'll be fine. We've got three games to find it.”
Summe would make them pay with his second score of the game, this time from 39 yards out.
Wyoming East would add one last score just before the half. Griffith hit Jacob Dulcie on a screen pass and the sophomore sprinted into the endzone for a six-yard touchdown.
Both defense controlled the second half with neither team getting much going offensively.
It wasn't until late in the forth quarter when PikeView started to get the ball moving.
Adam Holdren had two big runs which helped set up Joseph Jennings' 14-yard run. Hunter Moses followed with a 15-yard dash then punched it in from two yards out.
“That's something I started preaching after game three,” Wyatt said of his team never quitting. “We play four quarters of football. Quit looking at the scoreboard, play the four quarters and learn something from each game you play.
“I think we learned tonight that you have to come out ready to go from the start. Like I said, we still had that stint for seven minutes where we didn't step up to the plate.”
Moses led PikeView with 92 yards on 24 carries and the touchdown. Holdren added 20 yards on three carries. Jordan Hardin added 30 yards through the air.
Summe paced Wyoming East with his 168 yards - all in the first half. Nine different Warriors carried the ball. Chase Lowman chipped in with 22 yards and Chris Cecil had 20.
“He's phenomenal,” Poindexter said of Summe. “He runs the ball hard. He's got some great blockers in front him. He's had a great year. He went over a 1,000 yards tonight.”
Wyoming East (5-2) hosts Shady Spring next Friday while PikeView (0-7) will be off.
At PikeView High School
Wyoming East.......................13 15 0 0 — 28
PikeView.................................0 0 0 6 — 6
WE - Jacob Summe 3 rush (Chris Cecil kick), 7:54
WE - Christian Hedinger 27 pass from Aaron Griffith (kick failed), 3:50
WE - Summe 39 rush (Ty Treadway from Griffith), 7:07
WE - Jacob Dulcie 6 rush (Cecil kick), 0:12
PV - Hunter Moses 2 rush (kick failed), 2:27
RUSHING - Wyoming East, Chris Cecil 4-20, Jacob Summe 13-168-2td, Chase Lowman 9-22, Aaron Griffith 4-18, Jacob Dulcie 3-19-td, Josh Tunstalle 6-14, Brian Whitt 3-(-5), Alec Lusk 2-4, Coty Bishop 1-6, TEAM 3-(-4); PikeView, Hunter Moses 24-92-td, Tanner Farley 2-(-1); Trevor Shannon 3-3, Jordan Hardin 3-(-15), Adam Holdren 3-20, Joseph Jennings 1-14, TEAM 1-(-2).
PASSING - WE, Aaron Griffith 2-2-0-58-1; PV, Jordan Hardin 2-7-0-30-0.
RECEIVING - WE, Christian Hedinger 2-58-td; PV, Bradley Flinchum 1-25, Shannon 1-10.