Pahranagat Valley crushes Eureka for 22nd state football title

Pahranagat Valley football coach Brett Hansen noticed that Eureka’s defense likes to pack the middle as he watched the movie before the Class 1A State Championship game.

Hansen believed his Panthers could be successful on the road and create some big plays.

He was right.

Jaren Leavitt ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, caught three passes for 102 yards and a score and intercepted a pass, and the Panthers earned a 60-12 victory on Saturday at Bishop Gorman High School to extend their Nevada record with their 22nd state title.

“That first ride, I ran a few pieces inside just to see where they were at and where they were trying to get,” Hansen said. “With them filling the middle, that’s what I saw, they were running more outward, trying to seal the edge and using our speed to get out. “

Five of the Panthers’ seven touchdowns were four games or less, easily making up for Eureka’s style of ball control.

Paul Lewis ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns in eight carries, caught a pass for 28 yards and intercepted 43 yards for a score for Pahranagat Valley (10-1). Gage Davis was 7 for 10 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a score.

Hansen gave his 11 seniors credit for leading the team to their second straight title, including the dynamic trio of Leavitt, Lewis and Davis.

“These guys were huge,” Hansen said. “To make those three guys huge, Brandon Huntsman senior in center, Jake Griffin senior in guard and senior tight ends Wyatt Madsen and Kobi Fiatoa, without these guys blocking, they couldn’t do it. The elders brought leadership, and they deserved it. They took this team where they want to go.

Leavitt scored on runs for 7 and 46 yards before Eureka (6-1) made a 16-play drive topped by a 1-yard run from Tristian Auch who made it 14-6 with 5: 20 to play in the second quarter.

But the Panthers added a 44-yard TD from Lewis two plays later, and Davis ran 7 yards with 15 seconds left before halftime for a 28-6 lead.

Pahranagat Valley made sure he was never tested in the second half by intercepting quarterback Eureka Clayton Shoda three times. Shoda finished 11-for-20 for 86 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 81 yards on 15 carries.

“This team put in a lot of work,” Leavitt said. “We’ve been through a lot of trials with COVID and testing and everything, just trying to get through the year. It feels good to go ahead and finally have this medal around your neck.

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