Pahranagat Valley, Coleville explosive

It’s not often a high school quarterback passes for 490 yards and 10 touchdowns and his team loses by 54 points.

But that’s what happened last year to Coleville (Calif.) quarterback Jason Peters in a 128-74 Class 1A Nevada state semifinal loss at Pahranagat Valley.

The Panthers’ 128 points were a national eight-man scoring record, eclipsing the 118 put up by Northern Valley of Almena, Kan., in 1985.

So with Peters back and both offenses again scoring in bunches, Saturday’s 1A state title game between the teams will be a shootout, right? Not so fast, Coleville coach Will Sandy says.

“People are kind of building this up as a 200-point rematch, but I don’t think either of us as coaches plan on that kind of a game,” Sandy said. “It’s going to be more defensive than people expect.”

Kickoff is scheduled for noon Saturday at Damonte Ranch High in Reno.

Coleville (11-0) is in the state title game for the first time since losing to Lincoln County in 1992. Pahranagat Valley (9-0) has won 12 titles overall, including last season and three of the past four years.

“If we get into a low-scoring game, I like our chances,” said Panthers coach Ken Higbee, whose team beat Tonopah 22-18 for last year’s title.

Peters, a senior, has posted a 39-0 touchdown-interception ratio this season and leads the Wolves with 23 TDs rushing.

The Panthers boast a diversified offense led by Jensen Jones (20 TDs rushing), Cody Hosier (23 passing) and Kale Leavitt (13 receiving).

Contact reporter Tristan Aird at or 702-387-5203.

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