Pikeville slams Tolsia Rebels

Teddy Paynter

GLENHAYES, W.Va. — Pikeville's young Panthers have grown up over the second half of the regular season.


Quarterback Connor Roberts passed for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns to power the Panthers to a 54-12 win over Tolsia in a game played at Rebel Stadium on Oct. 27.


The Panthers, who opened the season 1-4, closed out with four straight wins, scoring at 41 or more points during the streak.


Running back Jackson Hensley rushed twice for 71 yards and two touchdowns. He caught three passes for 88 yards and another score.


Running back Zack Roberts carried 10 times for 97 yards and one touchdown and receiver Seth Pugh hauled in two passes for 24 yards and one score.


Hensley's 63-yard run with 7 minutes, 38 seconds left in the opening period, fueled 48 points in the game's first 24 minutes.


Connor Roberts hit Hensley with a 54-yard touchdown pass with 4:47 left and tossed a 14-yard scoring strike to Pugh to make it 21-0 after one quarter.


Zack Roberts ran eight yards with 9:29 left in the half to push the lead to 28-0.


After Tolsia's Jared Switzer returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for a score, Hensley ran eight yards with 5 minutes remaining in the quarter and then returned a punt 55 yards for another score with 2:51 to go.


Bradyn Hunter capped the first-half scoring with a 31-yard fumble return to push the lead to 48-6 with 50 seconds left.


Pikeville's final points came when backup quarterback Peyton Boyd-Blair hit Zack Rowe with a 36 yard scoring pass with 5:10 to play in the game.


Pikeville will open the Class 1A playoffs tonight at home against Harlan (3-7) at Hillard Howard Field.




At Glenhayes, W.Va.




PK (5-4)…...............................21 27 0 6 – 54


TL (2-7)….................................0 6 6 0 – 12




First Quarter


PK – Jackson Hensley, 63-yard run (Jackson Hensley run), 7:38


PK – Jackson Hensley, 54-yard pass from Connor Roberts (kick failed), 4:47


PK – Seth Pugh, 14-yard pass from Connor Roberts (Tanner Hamilton kick), 1:26


Second Quarter


PK – Zack Roberts, 8-yard run (Tanner Hamilton kick), 9:29


TL – Jared Switzer, 78-yard kickoff return (pass failed), 912


PK – Jackson Hensley, 8-yard run (kick failed), 5:00


PK – Jackson Hensley, 55-yard punt return (Tanner Hamilton kick), 2:51


PK – Bradyn Hunter, 31-yard fumble return (Tanner Hamilton kick), :50


Third Quarter


TL – Paskel Doss, 5-yard fumble return (run failed), 1:10


Fourth Quarter


PK – Zack Rowe, 36-yard pass from Peyton Boyd-Blair (took knee), 5:10


Next up: Pikeville (5-4) vs. Harlan (3-7), Class 1A playoffs, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3.