By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, March 6 — The Page County Panthers opened up the 2021 season on Saturday’s Senior Day in big fashion with an impressive 58-7 win over Bull Run District opponent Madison County.
Page County senior Andrew Lilly scored three touchdowns with runs of 38, 42 and 45 yards. The Panthers enjoyed good field position all day and rarely played on their own side of the field. Lilly also scored a defensive touchdown in the second quarter with an interception he returned over 50 yards for a pick six.
PCHS junior Blake Turpen had a strong performance on the ground with two touchdown runs of nine and 12 yards.
Page County scored on every offensive possession of the day, minus a fumble in the third quarter and a punt in the fourth — the Panthers only punt of the game.
Madison County came into Saturday’s district matchup after a 58-0 loss to Clarke County the previous week. The young, inexperienced Mountaineers (0-2) however, showed a few moments against Page County in which the offense seemed to click behind the talent and leadership of sophomore quarterback Wade Fox.
Junior Jordan Morris has several good carries, including a big run in the second quarter, while junior Jacob Sikora made several great grabs through the air. Fox scored the Mountaineers only points of the game on a 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers (1-0) had been shut down for about two weeks due to COVID-19 protocols and got in few practice reps before hitting the field for their first game. But Page seemed to be hitting on all cylinders as the line dominated on both sides of the ball, the ground game was more than effective, and even the kicking game looked solid.
Next up, the Panthers will host Clarke County on Friday night, March 12 at 7 p.m. Madison will host Strasburg.
The PVN Sports “Player of the Game” was Page County High School senior Andrew Lilly, who ran for three touchdowns and returned an interception for a touchdown as well.
PVN Sports will join the Panthers again next Friday night as they take on Clarke County at 7 p.m. Join PVN sports anchor Randy Arrington and color analyst Ligon Webb for all of the action.
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