Lowry's Kevin Warren attempts to elude a North Valleys defender during Friday's game.
Lowry's Kevin Warren attempts to elude a North Valleys defender during Friday's game.
After suffering its first loss of the season and being shut out by Truckee the week before, the Lowry High School football team bounced back in a big way this  past Friday night in Winnemucca.

Lowry and North Valleys combined for 47 points in the second quarter on a rainy night, but the Buckaroos were the ones that pulled away late for a 48-27 win. Lowry improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the Northern 3A.

“It was a good way to bounce back,” said LHS coach Taua Cabatbat. “We knew what North Valleys was going to come out and do. Our kids stepped up and had a lot to prove. They took a hard one last week against Truckee. We turned it on in the second half and pulled away.”

The Buckaroos turned the ball over on downs twice in the opening quarter and punted once, as the Panthers drew first blood three minutes into the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Grasen Ternora. 

That started a run of 47 points in just over nine minutes.

Lowry answered quickly, as a long kickoff return by Jace Mentaberry put the Buckaroos deep in Panther territory and Anthony Peterson capped off the short 21-yard drive with a 1-yard run to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:32 left in the first half.

Miscues by North Valleys led to two Lowry touchdowns in just over two minutes. Following a Panther fumble, Chance Huitt connected with Kevin Warren on a short pass and Warren did the rest, making a couple defenders miss and he stayed in bounds for a 78-yard touchdown.

North Valleys fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Peterson added his second touchdown of the second quarter on another 1-yard run for a 20-7 lead with 2:37 left in the half.

The scoring barrage continued, as North Valleys scored 23 seconds later, capping off a 50-yard drive in two plays on a 12-yard touchdown pass.

   That cut the deficit to seven points, when Lowry countered with a 70-yard drive in just under 90 seconds. Peterson and Huitt had big runs on the drive and Huitt capped off the possession with a 9-yard run for a 27-13 lead with 47 seconds to go in the half.

However, Lowry left too much time on the clock and North Valleys scored as time expired on a 2-yard run by Ternora. The Panthers ran the final play with :00.1 left on the clock after calling a timeout.

After the teams traded punts to start the third quarter, Lowry took advantage of another North Valleys turnover and turned that into eight points and a 35-20 lead after a 5-yard run by Huitt.  

The Lowry defense created another stop and the offense answered with a touchdown. A 35-yard pass from Huitt to Tyler Neu started the drive and Peterson capped off the possession with a 26-yard run, giving Lowry a 42-20 lead. 

“We made some adjustments and our defense got the job done in the second half,” added the coach. "It was a good chance to rest some of the starters and we got some kids playing time in the fourth quarter.”

North Valleys turned the ball over on downs the next two times it had the ball and Lowry added to its lead with 8:10 left in the game on a 6-yard run by Preston Snow. The Panthers capped off the scoring on a 25-yard run by Tyler Likes.

Lowry can clinch a playoff spot with a win at South Tahoe on Friday night in Lake Tahoe for a 7 p.m. kickoff.  The Buckaroos will be off on Oct. 11, as Dayton has canceled its season. Lowry travels to Elko on Friday, Oct. 18 and closes out the regular season at home against Churchill County on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Churchill County leads the Northern 3A at 5-0, followed by Lowry. Elko is third at 3-1, Fernley is 3-2 and Truckee and Spring Creek are both 2-2.

“We have a hard one this week with South Tahoe,” Cabatbat said. “We can't take them for granted. That is a tough place to play. This game was a good test for our secondary. South Tahoe is going to test our pass defense. We have to be ready on the front end and back end.”