ON THE GRIDIRON: Pikeville quarterback Connor Roberts (3) fakes the handoff to running back Zack Roberts (15) and looks to pass during the Panthers' 41-13 win over Grundy (Va.) at Hillard Howard Field on Oct. 20. Below Kyle Watkins (4) runs for a short gain. Pikeville plays at Tolsia (W.Va.) tonight.
Medical Leader│Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER

Panthers continue late-season surge

Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE —Pikeville used a big second-quarter outburst to take control against Grundy (Va.) and roll to a 41-13 win in a game played at Hillard Howard Field on Oct. 20.


The Panthers, now 4-4, amassed 414 yards, including 346 rushing in dropping the Golden Wave to 5-3.


Running back Zach Roberts carried 14 times for 131 yards, including a four-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 43 seconds left in the third quarter to push the Panthers up 41-0.


Quarterback Connor Roberts rushed for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first half on 12 carries while Jackson Hensley had three carries for 16 yards and two scores, both coming in the second period on runs of three yards with 9:57 left in the half and then a six-yard run two minutes later to make it 13-0.


Roberts followed with a 14-yard touchdown run with 3:40 remaining before the break and then scored on the final play of the half from five yards out following a penalty in the end zone on the Golden Wave.


Grundy running back Jacob McNutt was held to just 69 yards on 16 carries while Gabe Fiser finished with 94 yards and a rushing touchdown on 12 carries. Fiser's 64-yard run with under 10 minutes left put Grundy on the scoreboard for the first time.


Fiser capped the scoring when he hauled in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Derrick Endicott with 1:05 left to play. Endicott was 4-of-12 passes for 68 yards.


Pikeville will play on the road tonight at Tolsia (2-6).




At Pikeville




GR (5-3)…....................................0 0 0 13 – 13


PK (4-4)…....................................0 27 14 0 – 41




First Quarter


No scoring


Second Quarter


PK – Jackson Hensley, 3-yard run (kick failed), 9:57


PK – Jackson Hensley, 6-yard run (Tanner Hamilton run), 7:54


PK – Connor Roberts, 14-yard run (Tanner Hamilton run), 3:40


PK – Connor Roberts, 5-yard run (Tanner Hamilton kick), :00


Third Quarter


PK – Kyle Watkins, 20-yard run (Tanner Hamilton kick), 6:41


PK – Zack Roberts, 4-yard run (Tanner Hamilton kick), 3:43


Fourth Quarter


GR – Gabe Fiser, 64-yard run (run failed), 9:41


GR – Gabe Fiser, 51-yard pass from Derrick Endicott (Sage Keen kick), 1:05


Next up: Pikeville (4-4) at Tolsia, W.Va. (2-6), Oct. 27.