SUNNYSIDE - Pomeroy ended its three-game 8-man football slide against Sunnyside Christian here Friday.
In a big way.
The Pirates handed the Knights the 70-20 defeat behind a much-improved defense, 444 yards rushing and the presence of a passing game.
"We're really happy," Pomeroy coach Scott McGee said. "I'm real proud of them. We'd lost three in a row, including a big one to Colton last week in overtime. And we had a road trip to Yakima. We played really well and I'm pretty happy for us to be able to travel like that and get off the bus and immediately play football. It was a good win for us."
The Pirates jumped out to a 28-6 first-quarter lead behind Tory Knebel's 88-yard touchdown run, Austin Reisdorph's 6-yard scamper, Brendan Lueck's 5-yard scoring reception from quarterback Mack Wolf, and Jacob Moore's 7-yard run.
Sunnyside Christian managed one first-quarter score, and two in the second quarter, but the Pirates enjoyed a 42-20 halftime spread on Reisdorph and Wolf runs of 60 and 2 yards, respectively.
Knebel had a hand in each of Pomeroy's third-quarter scores, including runs of 36 and 51 yards, and a 20-yard reception from Wolf.
Ryan Smith ended the game early via the 45-point mercy rule with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run.
"I thought our running backs ran the ball real well," McGee said. "Our offensive line worked really hard last week, and I thought our offense made some steps in the right directions in pass protection and the run block. They looked real good."
Wolf completed 7-of-16 passes for two touchdowns and achieved one of Pomeroy's primary goals in the game, McGee said.
"Mack had a good night," he said. "We went there with the mindset that we needed to throw the football. Maybe the stats don't show it, but we had success in that area. He didn't complete every pass, but he did what we were trying to do, which was get some respect in the passing game. We threw the ball when we needed to, and that was our objective."
But the Pirates' defense impressed McGee the most.
"Our defense is getting a lot better as we get into adjusting to 8-man," he said. "We knew defense was going to be absolutely critical, and we made some adjustments on defense. Our defense was really good."
Pomeroy, now 2-3 overall, 1-1 in Southeast 1B play, hosts Lacrosse-Washtucna Friday.
"I know they know how to play 8-man football, history shows that," McGee said of Lacrosse-Washtucna, which has won multiple state 1B titles over the past decade. "I think it'll be a pretty good matchup, a physical football game. It's going to be a war, I think. It's going to be a dogfight."
Pomeroy 70, Sunnyside Christian 20
Pom 28 14 22 6 - 70
SC 6 14 0 0 - 20
Pom - Knebel 88 run (Reisdorph run conversion).
Pom - Reisdorph 6 run (conversion failed).
SC - 15 run (conversion run failed).
Pom - Lueck 5 pass from Mack Wolf (Lueck run conversion).
Pom - Moore 7 run (conversion pass failed).
Pom - Reisdorph 60 run (conversion pass failed).
SC - 35 run (conversion failed).
SC - 20 pass (conversion run).
Pom - Wolf 2 run (Reisdorph run conversion).
Pom - Knebel 36 run (Reisdorph run conversion).
Pom - Knebel 51 run (Knebel run conversion).
Pom - Knebel 20 pass from Wolf (conversion pass failed).
Pom - Smith 5 run (no conversion try).
First downs 16 NA
Rushes/yards 46-444 NA
Passing yards 131 NA
Passes (att-comp-int) 16-7-0 NA
Punts 1-49 NA
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 3-25 3-30
RUSHING - Pom: Knebel 17-191, Reisdorph 17-179, Wolf 3-(-1), Moore 4-6, Tewalt 1-16, Fitzgerald 1-11, Lueck 1-3, Smith 2-39; SC: NA.
PASSING - Pom: Wolf 7-16-0 2 touchdowns; SC: NA.
RECEIVING - Pom: Knebel 2-41, 1 TD, Ruark 2-39, Lueck 2-11, 1 TD, Smith 1-40; SC: NA.