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Pinewood rolls to 72 points behind the Murphy brothers


The Murphy brothers combined for nine touchdowns and 496 offensive yards to lead visiting Pinewood to a wild 72-48 football romp over host Priory on Friday in Portola Valley to decide the annual Panther Bowl.

The rivals combined for an astounding 1,236 yards of offense, rivaling any game at any level in any state. The teams ran for 705 yards and passed for 531 more.

Pinewood finished its season at 4-2 in the Mission Trail Athletic League eight-man division (6-2 overall) while Priory ended its season at 1-4 (1-7 overall). Pinewood's offense averaged an astounding 47 points per contest on the season.

"It's always good to get that Pinewood trophy back home," said Pinewood head coach Matt Irvin. "They are usually the top team to beat. These kids live across town, a lot of friends and they've played on the same club teams. This one means a lot no matter where we're at in the standings."

In the fourth quarter, Pinewood sophomore quarterback Jaeden Bailey connected with Sean Murphy and the wide receiver flew down the line and scored a 55-yard touchdown to make it a 22-point lead at 64-22.

Murphy had a stellar game with 162 receiving yards, including three touchdowns.

Pinewood took a quick 16-0 lead in the first quarter when senior Kyle Murphy sprinted down the sideline, breaking two tackles and running in for the 56-yard score. Murphy had a tremendous game and finished with 265 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.

"Our O-line played a hell of a game today; coach made some awesome calls," said Kyle Murphy.

David Ness, Bo Fick, Dominick Twombly, and Alex Dagman led Pinewood's offensive line.

"We know he's got a bum shoulder so I could only use him on offense," Irvin said of Kyle Murphy. "He's an incredible guy and we're going to miss him for sure."

Priory struck for its first touchdown, in the second quarter, when senior Scott Harris ran the ball home for a five-yard touchdown and Priory made it a 22-8 ball game.

Harris finished with 244 passing yards, 214 rushing yards and accounted for five of Priory's seven touchdowns.

Harris came through again for the Panthers in the the third quarter when he ran down the line, tip-toed to stay in bounds and scored on a 58-yard touchdown.

Pinewood scored 36 points in the third quarter and Priory scored 26 with a combined eight touchdowns between the two teams.

"That was the longest quarter I've ever coached," said Irvin. "It was just one big play after one big play. They've got some good guys and they can stretch the field. We got lucky getting deep down the field. I didn't think that quarter was ever going to end."

Pinewood started to really pull away with it in the fourth quarter when Kyle Murphy scored his fifth touchdown on a 47-yard dash down the sideline, giving the Panthers a 58-42 lead.

"Things were clicking on offense," said Kyle Murphy. "We got our mojo back. This is the best ending to a season -- it was awesome."

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