Whittell football falls to Pahranagat Valley 46-20 in 1A State semifinals; Panthers win 104th straight game
ALAMO, Nev. — The Whittell football team couldn’t stop an eight-man powerhouse in the 1A State semifinals Friday, Nov. 11. The Northern second seed Warriors fell to Southern top seed Pahranagat Valley (Alamo, Nev.) 46-20, making too many mistakes to stay with the Panthers in a season-ending defeat.
Whittell (9-2) had its campaign ended by the Panthers for the second straight season. For eight-time defending state champion Pahranagat Valley (11-0), the victory extended their winning streak to 104 straight games — the longest active streak in the nation.
“We are proud of our guys and the way they played,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said. “We actually played pretty well — just not consistently.”
Senior Dismas Womack ran for a pair of long touchdowns Friday night, and the Warriors ran the ball well at times with senior Caleb Moretti and sophomore Dalton Warswick. Whittell had trouble establishing its short passing game, however, leading to a number of missed plays for potential first downs and allowing the Panthers to focus on the run.
The Warriors’ defense also played well against Pahranagat Valley — but had trouble delivering crucial stops throughout the game. The Panthers hit a number of big plays on third and fourth down, something the Warriors were unable to do offensively.
“There is still a gap between Pahranagat and the rest of us that we all need to try to make up,” Bryant said. “Our offense and defense has been good enough to get us to the playoffs, but not good enough to take them down.”
Friday’s loss ended another stellar season for Whittell since Bryant took over the program in 2014. In three seasons, the Warriors have a combined 29-5 record with three consecutive playoff appearances.
“We are where we want to be but there is still a way to be better — and Pahranagat is the yardstick,” Bryant said. “It is easy to remember where Whittell was just four years ago and where we are now.”