POMEROY — Trevor Koberstein’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Justin Bingman in the third quarter was the only score of the second half and just enough to lift Pomeroy to a 19-14 victory over Reardan here Friday night in a non-league prep football game.
The victory evened Pomeroy’s season record at 3-3.
The Pirates, who entertain Dayton here Friday in a Southeast 2B-11 League counter, are 1-2 in league play. And they got some good news out of Waitsburg in learning that Waitsburg-Prescott defeated DeSales 35-28 Friday, an outcome that keeps Pomeroy in contention for one of the SEB-11’s two postseason playoff berths.
Asotin, which clobbered Liberty Christian 54-6 Friday night in Richland, is on top with a 4-0 record. W-P is 3-0 following Friday’s big victory over DeSales, and the Irish are now at 3-1.
But since Waitsburg-Prescott and DeSales must still play at Asotin, and with Pomeroy still to play at W-P, the possibility of multiple ties for either first- or second-place, the Pirates can still consider themselves in the race.
"If there are ties, it’s my understanding there will be a mini-playoff the Tuesday after the regular season ends," Pirates coach Scott McGee said.
"But we’ve got a long way to go before we get to that point. We just want to win out because we want to win. And we know that’s our only shot."
Against Reardan, the Pirates had to overcome the Indians’ 361 yards rushing and a 14-13 halftime deficit. Reardan’s Chace Bell, who scored the game’s initial touchdown on a 33-yard run in the first quarter, accounted for 207 of those yards on 23 rushing attempts.
Koberstein ran 2 yards for Pomeroy’s first TD and Issac Lueck’s conversion kick tied the game at 7-7. After Bell’s 4-yard TD run in the second quarter, Koberstein passed 18 yards to Justin Ruark for a second-quarter touchdown, but the kick was off the mark and the Indians took a 14-13 lead into halftime.
Koberstein’s game-winner to Bingman came with 3:47 left in the third quarter. After that, it was up to a Pomeroy defense that forced six fumbles in the game and recovered three of them, intercepted a pass and three times stopped the Indians on fourth down, twice after taking the lead in the third period.
"In between the 20s they killed us," McGee said. "But we stiffened pretty well and got some key stops on fourth down. Our defense was pretty good, which makes me wonder what happened in the middle of the field.
"The important thing is that we’re still in it," McGee said. "And I’m glad we are because we are a good football team. (Friday) night was evidence of that because Reardan is a really tough team."
Reardan 7 7 0 0 — 14
Pomeroy 7 6 6 0 — 19
Rea — Chace Bell 33 run (Sasha Brendle kick).
Pom — Trevor Koberstein 2 run (Isaac Lueck kick).
Rea — Bell 4 run (Brendle kick).
Pom — Justin Ruark 18 pass from Koberstein (kick failed).
Pom — Justin Bingman 80 pass from Koberstein (kick blocked).
Rushes/yards 52-361 31-116
Passing yards 15 142
Passes (att-comp-int) 3-2-1 13-5-1
Fumbles-lost 6-3 4-3
Penalties-yards 7-55 4-40
RUSHING — Reardan: C.J. Trejo 1-7, Chris Pence 8-41, Bell 23-207, Niko Knezovich 11-34, Brendle 1-2, Eric Androes 8-25; Pomeroy: Koberstein 8-4, Ethan McGee 16-82, Lueck 2-8, Knebel 2-1, Reisdorg 3-23.
PASSING — Reardan: Bell 2-3-1, 15 yards. Pomeroy: Koberstein 5-13-1, 142 yards, 2 touchdowns.
RECEIVING — Reardan: Pence 1-7-0; Trejo 1-8-1; Pomeroy: Scott Wolf 1-15-0, Bingman 1-80-1, Ruark 3-47-1.