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PITTSVILLE – Auburndale scored four first-half touchdowns then held off a Pittsville rally to defeat the Panthers 42-20 in a nonconference football game Friday night at Pittsville High School.

Trayton Weber threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Yeske in the first quarter to give Auburndale a 7-0 lead.

The Eagles pushed it to 28-0 by halftime as Terrance Roberson returned an interception for a touchdown and ran in a score from 2 yards out, and Weber scored from the 11.

Pittsville regrouped at halftime and made a game of it, scoring three unanswered touchdowns to get to within one possession.

Quarterback Waylon Grimm threw a pair of touchdown passes to Joey Redmond, and Dylan Luther ran in from the 15 to make it 28-20 heading into the fourth.

Auburndale was able to pull away as its defense shutout the Panthers over the final 12 minutes. Roberson and Weber tacked on touchdown runs for the Eagles, who are now 2-1 this season.

Weber finished 15-for-23 passing for 187 yards and added 135 rushing yards for Auburndale. Roberson had 106 yards on the ground as the Eagles out-rushed Pittsville 263-78 and held a 450-237 advantage in total yards.

Grimm threw for 159 yards, 75 to Redmond on three receptions to pace the Pittsville (0-4) offense.