WALLA WALLA — The DeSales running attack gave an Irish homecoming crowd plenty to cheer about, and ate up yardage and the clock Friday night at Ty Baffney Field in a Southeast 2B-11 League football game against Pomeroy.
The Irish rushed for 340 yards and ran off 69 offensive plays to Pomeroy’s 45 to march to the 35-6 victory.
"Credit to them," Pirates coach Scott McGee said. "I thought our run defense would be a lot better against these guys. They ran the ball really well. That’s what took us out of the game."
Kyle Lindgren ran for 151 yards and two scores on 23 carries, and quarterback Pat Richard added 19 scampers for 191 yards and two scores to lead the Irish running attack.
"Our kids came out and played hard," Irish coach Pat Graham said. "Lot of credit to the kids. It’s easy to get distracted with the homecoming week, but their focus and preparation is why we were able to do the things we did tonight."
DeSales took the opening kickoff, and behind a 19-yard romp by Lindgren and an 18-yard pass completion from Richard to Tommy Gregg, marched 80 yards in just over five minutes, with a Richard 1-yard plunge putting DeSales ahead to stay.
Pomeroy stormed back as Tyler Reisdorph went around left end for 24 yards on the Pirates’ first play. The Pirate drive stalled at the Irish 30 after a potential Pirate scoring pass was dropped in the end zone.
"We didn’t hook up very much with our passing," McGee said of the 4-for-16 with two interceptions Pirate passing attack. "But it was there. We dropped several."
A Tory Knebel interception at the Pirate 20 turned away the ensuing Irish possession. Knebel ran it back to the Irish 47 and an Ethan McGee 15-yard run helped move the Pirates to a first down at the Irish 29.
A fourth-and-six pass fell incomplete and the Irish took over at their own 25.
DeSales marched 75 yards in seven plays to score, but it took a Tyler Wahl save to get the points on the board. The Pirates’ red-zone defense forced a fumble at their own goal line, and the ball flew back to the Pirate seven where Wahl covered it. Two plays later, Lindgren scooted in from the 2 for a 14-0 Irish lead.
The Pirates struck back in a hurry. On second-and-four from their own 21, Reisdorph sprinted around the left side and raced down the sideline for a 79-yard score as the Pirates cut the Irish lead to 14-6 with 7:59 left in the half.
The Pirates only ran five plays the rest of the half, and one of those resulted in a Ryan Baumgart interception of a tipped pass, as DeSales went to intermission up 14-6.
The Irish forced a Pirate punt to open the second half, and then mounted a five-minute drive that came up short at the Pirate 14. But a Pirate fumble was recovered by Pat Sharkey on the very next play and DeSales had the ball back at the Pirate eight.
Richard hit Gregg for the last 6 yards and a 21-6 Irish lead with 3:10 left in the third.
The ensuing Pirate possession ended when a Trevor Koberstein pass bounced off the pads of Wyatt Koller and Dan Solomon grabbed the deflection to set the Irish up at the Pirate 31.
Lindgren bounced in from the 4 and DeSales led 28-6 with 26 seconds left in the third.
"Turnovers killed us," McGee said. "We just have to focus better on what we’re doing."
"We came out after halftime and we were able to get a couple of turnovers," Graham said. "That really changed momentum. It opened the flood gates there in the third quarter."
The Pirates mounted a drive from their own 27 to close out the third.
A 16-yard McGee run and a Koberstein pass to Justin Ruark for 14 yards keyed the drive to the Irish 37. But Sharkey burst in from his defensive end spot for a seven-yard sack and the Pirate threat ended.
Richard, behind two width of the field cutbacks, capped the scoring with a 76-yard run that ran the final to 35-6.
"Our line did a great job and we were able to establish the running game," Graham said. "We made plays when we needed to. Our defense stepped up big and played really well. We gave up that one long run, but outside that our kids battled for four quarters."
Pomeroy drops to 1-2 in conference.
"We have a good team, but we did not play to our potential tonight," McGee said. "We’ve got to get better at stuff."
DeSales improves to 3-0 in conference and travels to Waitsburg-Prescott Friday.
"We’ll come back next week and work and prepare," Graham said. "The kids have done a great job and I’m sure they’ll respond next week."
Pomeroy 0 6 0 0 — 6
DeSales 7 7 14 7 — 35
DeS — Richard 1 run (Mata kick).
DeS — Lindgren 2 run (Mata kick).
Pom — Reisdorph 79 run (kick failed).
DeS — Gregg 6 pass from Richard (Mata kick).
DeS — Lindgren 4 run (Mata kick).
DeS — Richard 76 run (Mata kick).
First downs 8 20
Rushes/yards 29-194 44-340
Passing yards 43 154
Passes (att-comp-int) 16-4-2 25-15-1
Punts 3-31.3 1-31.0
Fumbles-lost 2-2 3-1
Penalties-yards 3-20 2-20
RUSHING — Pomeroy: Reisdorph 6-111, Knebel 5-13, McGee 14-75, Koberstein 4-(-5); DeSales: Lindgren 23-151, Richard 19-191, Wales 2-(-2).
PASSING — Pomeroy: Koberstein 4-16-2, 43 yards. DeSales: Richard 15-25-1, 154 yards, 1 TD.
RECEIVING — Pomeroy: Knebel 2-2-0, J. Ruark 1-14-0, Reisdorph 1-27-0; DeSales: Rea 4-38-0, Gregg 4-41-1, Wales 2-29-0, Baumgart 2-20-0, Lindgren 2-10-0, Mathews 1-16-0.
Southeast 2B-11 League
W L W L
Asotin 3 0 6 0
DeSales 3 0 4 2
Waitsburg-Prescott 2 0 5 0
Pomeroy 1 2 2 3
Liberty Christian 0 2 1 4
Dayton 0 2 0 5
Tekoa-Oak.-Rosalia 0 3 1 4
Asotin 53, Dayton 0
DeSales 35, Pomeroy 6
Waitsburg-Prescott 42, Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia 6
Liberty Christian bye
Friday, Oct. 16
Asotin at Liberty Christian, 7 p.m.
Dayton at Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia, 7 p.m.
DeSales at Waitsburg-Prescott, 7 p.m.