WEATHERFORD — For the second consecutive season, the Laverne Tigers left Milam Stadium as the Class B state champions following a 42-12 triumph over Pond Creek-Hunter.
Laverne relied heavily on Trevor Harris and a dominant run game, accumulating 450 yards of offense on the ground and 468 yards of total offense. Harris carried the ball 16 times for 297 yards and four touchdowns to anchor the Tiger offense.
After both teams failed to score on their opening drives, Pond Creek-Hunter was in position to take an early lead before a Haley Comeau fumble was recovered by Laverne's Tanner Allen at the Laverne18-yard line. Two plays later, Harris found the corner and scampered 77 yards to the end zone, putting LHS on top 8-0.
On Laverne's next drive, it was Harris again dialing up long distance and racing 70 yards past the Panthers defense to put his team up 14-0 early in the second quarter. Comeau put Pond Creek-Hunter on the board late in the first half with a nine-yard touchdown run, cutting LHS's lead down to 14-6 at the break.
The third quarter belonged to Harris, who hit for touchdown runs of 51 and four yards, pushing the Laverne lead to 28-12 going into the final stanza. Pond Creek-Hunter got a 20-yard touchdown pass from Josh Irvin to Jevan Overton on a broken coverage early in the fourth quarter, but Laverne scored twice more on touchdown runs from Tucker Rolf and Dalton Birch to help salt the game away.
Pond Creek-Hunter finished with 410 yards of offense, being outgained by less than 60 yards, but the Panthers had difficulties converting once inside Laverne territory, turning the ball over on downs five times to go along with two turnovers.
Laverne established their run game early and went to it often, with 32 rushes for 450 yards and all six touchdowns scored on the ground. Rolf, the Tigers' starting quarterback, needed just one completion in the game, an 18-yard strike to David Jimenez on a crucial third down in the third quarter.
Defensively, Laverne was led by Dalton Birch, who totaled 17 tackles, including one of the Tigers' four sacks in the game. Tanner Allen, Rolf and Jimenez all tallied 11 tackles for the Laverne defense while it was Rolf who intercepted a Pond Creek-Hunter pass in the red zone during the fourth quarter to end another Panther scoring threat. Pond Creek-Hunter was led by Zach Rayner, who had 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack for the Panther defense.