PREP FOOTBALL - Liberty Christian wins offensive showdown with Pomeroy

Pomeroy's football team puts up 427 yards and six TDs on offense, but Liberty Christian posts 471 and nine in the victory.

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RICHLAND - Pomeroy's six touchdowns weren't enough to win in a Southeast 1B-8 match with Liberty Christian Friday.

The Patriots took control quickly and never gave it up in their 70-42 victory, dropping the Pirates to 3-5 on the season.

"We do a lot right and I think we've got all the pieces of a good 8-man football team," said Pomeroy coach Scott McGee. "I know we've got a good team. It's just a steep learning curve. "

The Pirates and Patriots were all over the field, marching up and down 15 times for touchdowns.

In a contest of offenses, Liberty Christian won the battle, posting 471 yards to Pomeroy's 427.

It was a lot, but not enough for the Pirates.

"Offensively, I can't be unhappy with them," McGee said. "They moved the ball and scored a bunch of points."

Pomeroy fell behind 24-8 with three minutes left in the first half, but a late rally - led by back Tory Knebel's three touchdowns - moved them within two at 30-28.

Pomeroy's three scoring drives combined for 219 offensive yards in about three minutes.

"The first half was pretty good football," McGee said. "We scored a bunch of points and so did they, and closing out the half was great.

"Tory had a great game," he said. "He was pretty dinged up, but like the whole team, he's got a lot of courage and heart."

Knebel had 215 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pirates.

Although Pomeroy drew within two points after two failed conversions, the Patriots answered with scores of their own and managed to close the half up 46-28 - with 16 of those points coming in the last minute of play.

Pomeroy opened up the third with a score, making it 46-34, but the Patriots took control to finish the game.

Pomeroy closed scoring on the night in the fourth, and the Liberty Christian quarterback took a knee three times to end it.

Pomeroy quarterback Mack Wolf ended the game with five completions for 52 yards and one interception. But the defense wasn't able to hold onto the Patriots.

"Defensively, we need to step it up," McGee said. "The kids play hard, but I think the ‘D' needs to play as a unit. We'll have great plays, but our linebackers won't quite be there - and the next week, the linebackers will be there and the plays won't be. We need to unite and focus."

And part of that focus is realizing that scores are inevitable in 8-man ball.

"It's not so much X's and O's as it is mentality," McGee said. "Scoring is the norm and we need to accept that. The other team will score. It's a tough pill to swallow because you've got the 11-man mentality that scores are bad, but it's inevitable and we've got to learn to overcome it."

Pomeroy has two games left on the season. It hosts Touchet next week before closing it out at St. John-Endicott.

"We've got to win both of them," McGee said. "We need to work on our defense. I think our offense has firepower and they're a tough team.

"They've got heart."

Liberty Christian 70, Pomeroy 42

Pomeroy 8 20 6 8 - 42

Liberty Christian 16 30 8 16 - 70

LC - Howard 4 run (Olson to Morris)

LC - Peterson 22 pass from Olson (Olson to Peterson)

Pom - Reisdorph 36 run (Wolf keep)

LC - Howard 4 run (Olson keep)

Pom - Knebel 15 run (Reisdorph run)

LC - Morris 50 pass from Olson (pass fail)

Pom - Knebel 42 run (pass fail)

Pom - Knebel 52 run (pass fail)

LC - Howard 10 pass from Olson (Olson to Corrigan)

LC - Corrigan 10 pass from Olson (Olson keep)

Pom - Reisdorph 1 run (pass fail)

LC - Olson 9 run (Olson to Corrigan)

LC - Corrigan 15 run (Olson to Corrigan)

LC - Hoye 1 run (Olson to Hoye)

Pom - Moore 40 run (Wolf to Smith)

Pomeroy LC

First Downs 12 18

Rushes/yards 36-375 37-275

Passing yards 52 196

Passes (att-comp-int) 15-5-1 20-11-1

Punts 1-20 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-0

Penalties-yards 3-35 2-15

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Pom: Wolf 5-0, Smith 1-12, Knebel 16-192 3 TD, Reisdorph 13-131 2 TD, Moore 1-40 1 TD. LC: Peterson 2-9, Hoye 6-36 1 TD, Olson 4-46 1 TD, Howard 22-161 3 TD, Crawford 2-22, Steele 1-1.

PASSING - Pom: Wolf 5-52. LC: Olson 11-196 1 TD.

RECEIVING - Pom: Smith 1-5, Knebel 3-23, Moore 1-24. LC: Peterson 4-64 1 TD, Hoye 3-30, Morris 3-81 1 TD, Corrigan 2-43.

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