Junior running back Andrew Douglas had the big game for the Lion with 260 rushing yards, including a pair of long touchdown runs that were both over 50 yards.
“Dougie played amazing and ran hard. He had those big plays, but he also was able to get a lot of five and six yard gains that kept drives going,” said Lion coach Bart Elam. “Jamie Roan also had a good game. He probably ran for close to 100 yards and also completed some passes, including a touchdown.”
Pineville held the Tigers on the opening possession, then drove down to take the lead. It was back and forth game for most of the rest of the first half with the Lions holding a 20-12 lead.
A roughing the kicker penalty on a blocked punt gave Pineville new life late in the half and they capitalized as Roan hooked up with Dalton Ledbetter for a touchdown.
“That was a big play for us to go up by two scores and knowing we’d get the ball to start the second half,” Elam said.
Pineville was able to control the second half with their big guys up front taking charge of the line of scrimmage. The Lions also got welcomed Byron David Asher back to the backfield after missing the first four games with a knee injury.
“Asher had some rushing yards, too. I don’t have the stats in front of me, but we were able to run it quite a bit,” Elam added. “Getting Byron back means a lot to the team’s morale. He’s obviously not at full strength yet and he sprained his ankle on the first series. Our team with or without him relies a lot on our offensive and defensive lines and they played really well tonight.”
Pineville (3-2) hosts Allen Central next Friday. The Rebels played Williamsburg tough Friday before dropping a 28-20 decision.
“We’ve been watching them before this week and they’re a good, physical team,” Elam said of Allen Central. “We feel like we’re playing a lot better now than we were against Williamsburg and we’re definitely taking care of the ball a lot better. Honestly we’d like to have that one back.
“But we know it’s going to be a tough game. We’re going to enjoy this win over the weekend and start worrying about that on Sunday.”
Paintsville (2-3) hosts Betsy Lane on Thursday.