POMEROY - A week after sprinting past Lacrosse-Washtucna, 70-50, Pomeroy's Pirates found themselves mired in quicksand against visiting Garfield-Palouse here Friday night.
"It seemed like the whole game was in slow motion," Pirates coach Scott McGee said. "I wouldn't say we didn't play hard, but we weren't playing smart."
The result was a 16-12 Southeast 1B-8 loss to the Vikings.
Pomeroy drew first blood in the game, as Pirates quarterback Mack Wolf punched it in from a yard out in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead.
Gar-Pal took the lead on J.B. Lange's 2-yard TD run in the second stanza. The 2-point pass conversion put the Vikings up, 8-6.
But with 1:18 left before halftime, Pomeroy's Ryan Smith took a reverse 55 yards to set up Austin Reisdorph's 2-yard scoring plunge as the Pirates took the 12-8 lead into the break.
The second half didn't speed up for the Pirates.
"We were moving the ball, but it was real slow," McGee said. "We couldn't bust anything. We'd cross midfield, the drive would stall and we'd turn it over on downs. Both teams had good defense."
Pomeroy had a first-and-goal at the Vikings 3, but the team was held scoreless.
"We hung onto the ball for a while but they had good defense, and ours was really good," McGee said. "And then they found weaknesses in it (Pomeroy's defense). They controlled the clock and got a score, and we couldn't answer."
Gar-Pal scored the go-ahead TD on a Lange 1-yard run in the third quarter.
"It was a hard-hitting, very physical game," McGee said. "Our kids played hard. I don't think we were as fast as we've been. I can't say we weren't playing hard. It was pretty much a true-blue, old-school football game. It was all in the trenches, a black-and-blue deal. I know we have some kids pretty sore today, and they do, too."
He said Smith's 55-yard TD scamper was the biggest of the game.
"He's turning into one of those players we need to get things done," McGee said of the wide receiver/safety. "His defense is part of the reason they only completed two passes."
The passing game was almost non-existent in the game, with Gar-Pal completing two passes for 10 yards, and Pomeroy none at all.
The Vikings put up 253 yards on the ground compared to 212 for the Pirates.
"It was classic, old-time football," McGee said.
Pomeroy, 2-2 in SE1B-8 play and 3-4 overall, next travels to Liberty Christian Friday.
Gar-Pal 16, Pomeroy 12
Gar-Pal 0 8 8 0 - 16
Pom 6 6 0 0 - 12
Pom - Wolf 1 run (run conversion failed).
Gar-Pal - J.B. Lange 2 run (pass conversion).
Pom - Reisdorph 2 run (run conversion failed).
Gar-Pal - Lange 1 run (run conversion).
First downs 17 8
Rushes/yards 51-253 46-212
Passing yards 10 0
Passes (att-comp-int) 6-2-0 2-0-0
Punts NA NA
Fumbles-lost 3-3 2-0
Penalties-yards 3-25 1-5
RUSHING - Gar-Pal: Lange 41-211, Floyd 5-28, Hodges 5-14; Pom: Knebel 22-86, Reisdorph 18-72, Wolf 5-(-1), Smith 1-55.
PASSING - Gar-Pal: Floyd 2-6-0; Pom: Wolf 0-2-0.
RECEIVING - Gar-Pal: Mitchell 2-10; Pom: none.