St. George • Utah football fans looking for the next top quarterback prospect ought to be taking a close look at Pine View junior Kody Wilstead.
The budding 6-foot-6 star tossed five touchdowns and thoroughly demoralized visiting Orem on Friday night as he led the unbeaten Panthers to a convincing 42-13 victory.
It wasn't just the score that was impressive. Wilstead owns the kind of quiet presence that makes his teammates better and never seems to panic. He waits for plays to develop and a good crop of Pine View receivers to get open.
"I don't know what my stats were, but I felt a lot more comfortable tonight than I did last week," he said. "Give a lot of credit to my receivers."
Pine View coach Ray Hosner also gave a shoutout to former Panther and BYU quarterback James Lark, who he said spent a lot of the summer working with Wilstead.
This one started out looking like it could be a battle between two evenly matched teams when Orem scored first on a 1-yard run by James Wadsworth.
But once Wilstead got rolling, there was no stopping him.
By the time Hosner pulled his starters early in the fourth quarter, the score was 40-7.
Wilstead spread the glory to nearly all of his receivers, hitting Jack Bangerter on scoring tosses of 18 and 25 yards, Trison Duran on a 15-yard touchdown, Colby Miller for a 13-yard score and Bladen Hosner for 25 yards.
Equally impressive were second quarter drives of 98 and 84 yards that put away the game.