Enid News and Eagle
POND CREEK, Okla. —
Josh Irvin passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third, and Harley Comeau delivered two long touchdowns, including a 75-yard kick return, to lead Pond Creek-Hunter to an easy 56-6 opening-night win over Deer Creek-Lamont.
The Panthers ran out to a 44-0 lead before the Eagles got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter, but quickly responded with two touchdowns to end the game on the mercy rule early in the fourth quarter.
Pond Creek-Hunter got on the board on its first possession when Trenton Grimes scored on a 12-yard run to put the Panthers up 6-0 just 1:26 into the contest. Comeau then increased the PC-H advantage to 12-0 on a 45-yard run. Irvin connected with Devan McKee on a two-point conversion to make it 14-0.
The Panthers extended their lead to 24-0 by the end of the first quarter on a 9-yard pass from Irvin to Zach Rayner and then added a safety when DCLA recovered a fumble in its own end zone.
The Eagles did not register a first down in the first half.
Irvin’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Chain, and his three-yard end zone scamper made it 36-0 early in the third quarter, and the Panthers upped their lead to 44-0 on Parker Coats’ four-yard touchdown run and Karrington Johnson’s successful two-point conversion run.
DCLA finally got on the board when quarterback Harrison Muegge found wide receiver Britton Stacy in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown to make it 44-6, but the Panthers responded immediately when Comeau returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown to make it 50-6.
Johnson put the final touches on the mercy-rule win with a 30-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for the final margin of 56-6.
Irvin finished the game with 69 yards passing and two touchdowns and had 41 yards rushing and one score. Comeau led all players with 77 yards rushing on five carries for the Panthers.
Muegge had 39 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception for DCLA.
Pond Creek-Hunter, ranked No. 4 in Class B, outgained DCLA, ranked No. 4 in Class C, 341-86 yards in total offense.
The Panthers (1-0) next host Covington-Douglas on Sept. 13, while DCLA (0-1) hosts Kremlin-Hillsdale in an early District C-3 contest.