NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers rolled over the first hump standing in their way for a possible playoff spot with a 38-16 win over Mount View on homecoming night.
The Panthers second and fourth quarter efforts of 16 points put the game out of reach from Mount View. Tug’s Dawson Elia once again led the Panthers in rushing, receiving and on defense.
Mount View lit up the scoreboard first early in the game on a 17-yard run from Elijah Barner, the extra point attempts failed but Mount View took an early 6-0 lead. The Panthers fired back in the second quarter when Elia broke loose for a 14-yard score. Johnathan Blankenship connected with Noah Lucas on the two-point conversion to put the Panthers ahead 8-0.
Mount View put a 31-yard field goal through the uprights but Blankenship scored once more for the Panthers before the half to make the score 16-8 at halftime in favor of the Panthers.
Elijah Collier connected with Jaquan Imes to start the third quarter scoring and bring Mount View back even with the Panthers.
Elia would go on to score back-to-back TDs to push the Panthers farther away. Elia scored on a 42-yard run in the third quarter and caught a pass from Blankenship for a 73-yard score in the beginning of the fourth quarter to put the Panthers ahead 38-16 with a Levi Davis conversion catch.
The Panthers added eight more points late in the game when Blankenship skipped into the end zone from 5-yards out and added the conversion run.
The Panthers finished with 316-yards rushing on 47 carries with 122-yard passing on ix completions. Tug Valley had 438-yards of total offense.
Leading the Panthers was Elia with 156-yards on 18 carries with two scores, Blankenship followed with 98-yards on 10 carries with two scores. Lucas finished with 64-yards on 16 carries.
Elia also led the Panthers in receiving with 100-yards and one score on three receptions.
Blankenship went 6 for 11 for 122-yards and one score through the air.
Defensively it was Elia again with 11 tackles, Lucas had ten tackles and one fumble recover. Blankenship had a big game with nine tackles, one for a loss of yardage and two interceptions.Parker Brewer had seven tackles and one forced fumble.
The Panthers will move on to face Montcalm at home this upcoming week with a regular season finale ending match against the Man Hillbillies on the road.
Score by Quarters:
Mount View (3-4) … 6 3 7 0 – 16
Tug Valley (5-3) … 0 16 6 16 – 38