Pike-View’s offense showed a nose and a keen eye for the end zone against Independence thanks to the stellar play of junior David Keen.
Keen rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another on a halfback pass on what was perhaps the play of the game in an eventual 22-6 victory at Independence Friday night.
The pass, a 47-yard touchdown completion to Tommy Symns, occurred just eight seconds before halftime and gave the Panthers (6-2) more than just a lift on the scoreboard, coach Jeff Damewood said.
“I really think that was the play that changed the game because we went in with a little bit of momentum and they were probably down,” he said. “To be able to hold them coming out in the second half, it was crucial we completed that pass.”
The pass gave PikeView a 15-6 advantage after the Patriots scored just a minute before the play.
Independence coach Scotty Cuthbert said the halfback pass proved pivotal.
“If we don’t give them that and we go in (down) 8-6 and we get the football, it might have changed the game a little bit,” he said.
In fact, Cuthbert said he tried to work the clock a bit to limit PikeView’s opportunity to score.
The Patriots scored on an 8-yard touchdown completion on a fourth-down play with just 1:16 before halftime.
“We thought we had them,” Cuthbert said. “That’s why I took a long time running the plays when we tried to score right before half. I wasn’t trying to give them any time.”
Initially, PikeView didn’t appear to be pushing for another score, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Independence cost the Patriots 15 yards and gave the Panthers the ball at their own 40-yard line.
Four plays later, Keen hit Symns for the big play of the game.
“That was a big, big momentum change,” Keen said. “It felt good. We needed it.”
The defense fed from the momentum and shut out the Patriots in the second half. After allowing Independence running back Adam Whitt 64 yards in the first half, the Panthers gave up just seven yards on six carries to Whitt after the break.
“We bent, but we didn’t break,” Damewood said. “I thought the second half the defense stepped up and did a great job stopping their running attack.”
Keen added another touchdown to increase the advantage to 22-6 on a 9-yard run with 8:58 left in the game.
In total, Keen rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries and he credited his blockers for his success.
“I’m lucky to have a line like that,” he said. “The blocking on the edge is what helped me a lot.”
Keen scored the game’s first touchdown on PikeView’s second offensive series. Robbie Samosky rushed for 31 yards on two carries before Keen busted through the middle for a 40-yard touchdown run.
Keen converted on a two-point attempt on another rush and the Panthers led 8-0 with 5:53 left in the first quarter.
Independence’s Micah Barton started and finished the Patriots’ lone score of the game.
PikeView quarterback Tyler Rose fumbled the ball as two Independence defenders wrapped him up for a loss on first down in the backfield. The ball fell to the ground and Barton pounced on the ball at the Patriots’ 25-yard line.
Seven plays later, quarterback Jeff Cook hit Barton for an 8-yard touchdown reception on 4-and-5 to get on the scoreboard with 1:16 left in the second quarter.
That appeared to be the last score for either team for the half, but PikeView wasn’t satisfied with just a two-point lead. Keen hit Symns on the 47-yard halfback pass to answer. Jordan Calfee’s kick was good.
Samosky posted a game-high 110 yards on 19 carries. Symns led both teams with two catches for 57 yards and one touchdown.
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PikeView................................................................8 7 0 7 — 22
Independence.......................................................0 6 0 0 — 6
PV—David Keen 40 run (Keen run), 5:53
IND— Micah Barton 8 pass from Jeff Cook (pass fail), 1:16
PV—Tommy Symns 47 pass from Keen (Jordan Calfee kick), 0:08
PV—Keen 9 run (Calfee kick), 8:58
RUSHING — PV: Robbie Samosky 19-110, Keen 14-99-2, Tyler Rose 14-20, Jelani Burrell 1-14. I: Adam Whitt 18-71, Travis Mills 10-33, Chris Nelson 2-17, Cook 3-(-7).
PASSING — PV: Keen 1-4 47-1, Rose 1-6 10. I: Cook 6-9-2 54-1.
RECEIVING — PV: Symns 2-57-1. I: Juquai Multunas 2-34, Barton 1-8-1, Mills 1-8, Aaron Hensely 1-5, Whitt 1-(-3).
TURNOVERS — PV: Tommy Symns (FR, INT), Keen (FR), Jake Patton (INT). I: Barton (FR), Multunas (FR).