By Brian Woodson
For The Register-Herald
Hunter Moses led PikeView to the promised land Friday night.
The PikeView senior had 313 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns, leading the Panthers to a 23-12 win over Shady Spring for their first season with at least two wins since 2010.
PikeView (2-3) took a 16-6 lead at the break, keyed by a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by Moses in the opening quarter. He also had an 8-yard run to the end zone before the half, and a 36-yard scoring dash in the final period.
“Our kids played well. The kids played four quarters of football, if we had played that way all season, we could be 4-1, if not 5-0,” PikeView second-year head coach Bobby Wyatt said. “Like Hunter said, ‘It is easy to run when they block like that.’”
Moses finished with 254 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
“He made some good open field moves to get more yardage,” Wyatt said. “Last year he was more of a straight ahead runner. When he gets in a hole he can make people miss now.”
Shady Spring (1-4) had a first-quarter touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Tim Culicerto to Drew Green.
The Tigers also got a 15-yard scoring run from Tyler Hansen.
Otherwise, they struggled.
Defensively, the Panthers also stepped up big when it counted most, led by Jonathan Jennings, who had four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Richard Edwards and Bradley Flinchum were also recognized by Wyatt for their efforts on that side of the ball.
“Our defense played well,” Wyatt said. “We had them inside the 10 twice and once inside the 5 and stopped them. We gave up some yardage. They ran straight at us, we struggled with that and bent a little bit, but broke only once (on a touchdown pass in the first quarter).”
Shady Spring coach Vince Culicerto said the learning process continues for his young, 1-4 team.
“It’s the same stuff we’ve had with the mistakes,” he said. “It was one of those games where you had chances to score some points and didn’t.”
Alex Testerman added a 30-yard field goal for PikeView and made a pair of extra points.
“Give PikeView credit. They’re a real scrappy bunch and they’re well coached,” Culicerto said. “They played hard and got after it.”
PikeView, which was 1-9 in 2011 and 0-10 last season, has defeated Independence (9-6) and the Tigers, while dropping a trio of close calls to Summers County (18-12), Liberty (14-13) and James Monroe (24-13).
The Panthers will face Greenbrier West on Friday in what is homecoming for the Panthers.
“My speech to our kids, and I have already started it with them,” Wyatt said. “We knew how we played with Summers County and we really had an opportunity to come away with an unforeseen upset.
“They are starting to figure out what this game is about and what it takes to get to the next level of winning.”
Shady Spring (1-4) hosts unbeaten Oak Hill next Friday.
— The Register-Herald’s Dan Stillwell
contributed to this story.
PikeView 23, Shady Spring 12
SS (1-4) 6 0 6 0 — 12
PV (2-3) 9 7 7 0 — 23
PV: Hunter Moses 60 punt return (Kick failed)
SS: Drew Green 30 pass from Tim Culicerto (Kick failed)
PV: Alex Testerman FG 25
PV: Moses 8 run (Testerman kick)
PV: Moses 36 run (Testerman kick)
SS: Tyler Hansen 15 run (Kick failed)
RUSHING — SS: Hansen 19-114, Culicerto 8-17, Elliot Halstead 10--46. PV: Moses 21-254.
PASSING — SS: Culicerto 8-16-0, 138. PV: n/a.
RECEIVING — SS: Green 1-30, Patrick Sawyers 4-72, Hansen 3-28. PV: n/a.
TAKEAWAYS — SS: Parker Unroe (int.). PV: Jonathan Jennings (fum. rec.).