Peoria High junior Jamal Miles scored four touchdowns, including a backbreaking 99-yard kick return for a score at the end of the first half, as the visiting Panthers (6-2) topped Paradise Valley 39-22 in 4A-I nonregion action Friday night.
“He kicked our butt,” Trojans coach Donnie Yantis said. “In all phases of the game, we played poorly. We’ve got a lot of getting better to do before we play Chaparral next week.”
The Panthers scored three touchdowns in their first nine plays on a 64-yard pass and on runs of 78 and 60 yards by Miles.
Paradise Valley (6-2) answered when Tyree Parker scored on runs of 1, 45 and 65 yards to pull to the Trojans to within 20-19 with three minutes left in the half. They then took the lead on a 38-yard field goal by Danny Compton with two seconds left. But Miles took the ensuing kickoff at the Panthers’ 1-yard line and took it all the way back.