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Poulsen tosses six TD passes as Panthers win 56th straight

Pahranagat Valley’s Austin Poulsen threw six touchdown passes, including four to Mason Stirling, as the Panthers (10-0) advanced to the Division IV state final and ran their winning streak to 56 games by routing visiting Carlin (6-5) 48-0 on Friday.

Poulsen hit Stirling on TD passes of 16 and 43 yards on the Panthers’ first two drives, then added a 15-yard score to Wade Leavitt and a 7-yard touchdown to Stirling on the next two possessions as Pahranagat Valley built a 26-0 halftime lead.

Tyler Higbee’s 13-yard run made it 34-0, and Poulsen capped the night with a 5-yard TD pass to Stirling and a 1-yard scoring strike to Tyson Sparrow.

Poulsen threw for 149 yards and rushed for 136 more. Higbee added 177 rushing yards on 17 carries as the Panthers piled up 568 yards of total offense.

Pahranagat Valley will meet the winner of today’s game between Spring Mountain and Virginia City for the state title at noon Nov. 17 at Bishop Gorman.

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