POMEROY - It was a record setting night for Pomeroy 8-man football, but unfortunately for the Pirates when the final whistle blew their record did not improve due to a 64-32 home loss to defending state champion Tri-Cities Prep in the highest scoring game in Pomeroy 8-man football history.
The Jaguars (2-0) found pay dirt nine times on Friday night, which was too much for Pomeroy (1-1) to overcome after a close first half.
"We were right there with them early," said Pomeroy head coach Scott McGee. "We looked good in the first half, but we made some mistakes that cost us later on. They're a great team, and they showed us just how good they are tonight."
Tri-Cities Prep jumped out to an early lead with a pair of touchdowns before Pomeroy fought back to take its first lead of the game on a Mack Wolf to Tory Knebel 15-yard touchdown pass, which was followed by a 2-point conversion to give the Pirates a 20-18 edge just past the midway point of the second quarter.
However, from there on it was pretty much all Jaguars, who posted a pair of touchdowns on passing plays from Evan Whitsett to Troy Redmann before the half.
"We knew we had a chance, but these guys are the defending champs for a reason," McGee said. "They have a lot of weapons, and once they got ahead it made it difficult for us to stick to our game plan of running the ball and keeping them from getting their offense on the field."
T-C Prep struck for a pair of third quarter scores, which allowed them to stretch their eight-point halftime lead to 22 after Whitsett hit Redmann for his fourth touchdown strike of the evening with just less than a minute left in the frame.
"Our hats are off to them," McGee said. "We have to learn how to tackle better, but tonight also showed us where we stand. I think we learned where we are tonight and where we need to go to improve and be competitive coming up on league play."
The Jaguars closed the game out with another pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including Anthony Hinkson's first score of the night, a 10-yard carry, with Redmann shifting to quarterback to spell Whitsett.
"They have some great runners," McGee said. "When you look at how talented Redmann and Hinkson are you know they're going to be very tough to contain. This was a good measuring stick to see where we stand."
The Pirates will look to bounce back at Cove on Thursday before heading into league play.
"We got a little worn down tonight, but we'll keep working on everything that we need to," McGee said. "We won't see a whole lot of teams that have that kind of offense, but it's good to get out there with a team like that and prove we can stand with them. I think it's a good step forward for us."
T-C Prep 64, Pomeroy 32
Tri-Cities Prep 18 16 14 16 - 64
Pomeroy 6 20 0 6 - 32
TCP - Whitsett 4-yard run. 10:47. (Conversion failed)
TCP - Whitsett to Redmann 5-yard pass 4:51. (Conversion failed)
Pom - Reisdorph 54-yard run 4:32. (Conversion failed)
TCP - Whitsett 1-yard run 1:46. (Conversion failed)
Pom - Knebel 51-yard run 11:19. (Conversion failed)
Pom - Wolf to Knebel 15-yard pass 5:40. (Two-point conversion)
TCP - Whitsett to Redmann 62-yard pass 4:36. (Two-point conversion)
TCP - Whitsett to Redmann 22-yard pass 1:39. (Two-point conversion)
Pom - Knebel 55-yard run 1:27. (Conversion failed)
TCP - Hinkson 58-yard run 5:15. (Two-point conversion)
TCP - Whitsett to Redmann 43-yard pass 0:46. (Conversion failed)
TCP - Hinkson 10-yard run 9:30. (Two-point conversion)
Pom - Wolf to Knebel 21-yard pass. (Conversion failed)
TCP - Redmann to Ver Steeg 30-yard pass. (Two-point conversion)
First downs 14 11
Rushes/yards 24-254 39-358
Passing yards 333 79
Passes (att-comp-int) 25-19-1 15-5-1
Punts 0-0 1-36
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 12-82 5-38
RUSHING - TCP: Redmann 6-109, Hinkson 5-85, Whitsett 9-49, B. Ver Steeg 1-11, Yakwich 3-0; Pom: Knebel 21-236, Reisdorph 14-117, Wolf 4-5.
PASSING - TCP: Whitsett 18-24 303, Redmann 1-1 30; Pom: Wolf 5-15 65, Knebel 1-1 14.
RECEIVING - TCP: Redmann 10-251, Ver Steeg 5-87, Pedersen 3-18; Pom: Knebel 3-28, Ruchert 1-15, Wolf 1-14, Atchley 1-12.