Hansen’s four TDs keep Panthers’ winning streak intact

Chase Hansen has never experienced a loss as a Pahranagat Valley football player.

And if the junior running back continues to play how he did Friday, it might be a long time before the Panthers bring an ‘L’ to Alamo.

Hansen rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns on eight attempts to lead Pahranagat Valley to a 58-0 win at Spring Mountain in a Class 1A Southern League clash.

The two-time defending 1A state champion Panthers (8-0, 4-0) won their 30th straight game. They haven’t lost since a 26-24 defeat to Carlin in the 2007 state semifinals.

“It feels great. We have a three-year winning streak right now, so it builds confidence,” Hansen said. “It shows no matter who leaves, we have the depth with our young kids to step up and keep it going.”

Hansen scored on runs of 45, 15 and 15 yards to help Pahranagat Valley build a 34-0 halftime lead and turn a showdown for first place into a laugher. He later added a 13-yard score in the third quarter.

Pahranagat Valley capped each of its first five possessions with a touchdown.

“Those are the expectations, that you execute every play,” Panthers coach Ken Higbee said of the fast start. “We take that approach in practice. It’s every play, and they practice just like how they play.”

Pahranagat Valley’s Tyler Higbee added 114 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, and scored on a 51-yard reception from Cody Hosier.

Hosier threw for 126 yards and two TDs, also hooking up with Kade Wadsworth on a 25-yard scoring strike in the second quarter.

Pahranagat Valley shut out a team that entered the game averaging 62 points per contest.

Spring Mountain (5-2, 2-2) also entered with an average of 443 total yards per game, but was stifled for 132 against Pahranagat.

“That’s a real good team. They’ve got speed and get after it,” Higbee said of Spring Mountain. “If you get a shutout against this type of team, that’s really good stuff.”

Hansen added: “We were just flying to the football. That was a big emphasis in practice this week.”

Higbee said the Panthers aren’t burdening themselves with the winning streak. Instead, he said his team is only thinking about its rivalry game against visiting Tonopah next week in the regular-season finale.

“Tonopah’s been a great rival for us, so our kids get up for Tonopah,” Higbee said.

Malcom Brown led Spring Mountain with 56 yards passing and 23 rushing. Devonte Rash caught seven passes for 67 yards for the Eagles.

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