COLTON, Wash. - A thrilling overtime loss to the Colton Wildcats, 30-24, Friday moved the Pomeroy Pirates to 0-1 in Southeast Class 1B 8-man football action.
Pomeroy's run game and Colton's pass game kept things moving.
The Wildcats amassed 314 yards in the air, while the Pirates racked up 285 yards on the ground.
"We knew we were up against a good passer (Josh Straughan)," Pirate assistant coach Sanford Bates said. "Our game plan was to put as much pressure on him as possible and we did that.
"Colton just did a good job of throwing and catching the ball when they needed to do so."
The Wildcats converted a fourth-and-18 play for 39 yards in the air to get to the Pirate 4-yard-line in overtime.
Quarterback Straughan was hurried, scrambled and threw a pass to Taylor Spence.
Straughan then executed a quarterback draw for the score to make it 30-24 after the failed conversion.
The Pirates couldn't answer in their opportunity to score in OT. Pomeroy gained a first down but turned the ball over on downs.
The run game of Austin Reisdorph, who chalked up 137 yards on 26 carries, and Tory Knebel, who ran 25 times for 129 yards, kept the Pirates close all game long.
"Our runners did well for us," Bates said. "They got us going in the first series for a score and ran hard.
"Then Colton made some adjustments, but we were still able to move the ball at times."
The Pirates' pass game gained 106 yards on 11 completions.
"We had some key throwing plays that kept us going when they were keying on our backs," Bates said. "We had just enough passing plays to almost get the job done."
The game started with both teams scoring on their first possessions. Colton scored first on Holden Druffel's 1-yard score to cap a 50-yard drive, but the Wildcats missed on the conversion.
Pomeroy answered as Knebel punched in a 3-yard touchdown that ended a 59-yard drive.
Reisdorph ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 8-6 Pirates at the 7:37 mark in the first quarter.
The score stayed the same until just before half.
Straughan then scored on a 12-yard jaunt to make it 12-8 going into the halftime.
The run capped a 51-yard scoring drive.
The Pirates responded well after halftime to score 16 unanswered points.
The 24-12 Pomeroy lead seemed safe at 8:18 in the fourth quarter.
But the Wildcats had just enough time to tie the game before the end of regulation.
The Wildcats' comeback started with a 54-yard drive, highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown pass from Straughan to Steve Eacker with 6:48 remaining in the game.
Colton scored again on its next drive on a 1-yard quarterback draw. The touchdown was set up by a 36-yard pass from Josh Straughan to Jake Straughan with 2:37 left in the game.
Pomeroy drove deep into Wildcat territory on the ensuing possession.
The Pirates were stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 2 as time expired.
Then, in overtime, Colton outperformed Pomeroy.
The Pirates play at Sunnyside-Christian at 7 p.m. Friday.
Colton 30, Pomeroy 24 OT
Pomeroy 8 0 8 8 0 - 24
Colton 6 6 0 12 6 - 30
Colt - H. Druffel 1 run (2 pt. failed)
Pom - Knebel 3 run (2 pt. good)
Colt - Jo. Straughan 12 run (2 pt. failed)
Pom - Wolf 1 run (2 pt. good)
Pom - Reisdorph 2 run (2 pt. good)
Colt - Eacker 30 pass from Jo. Straughan (2 pt. failed)
Colt - Jo. Straughan 1 run (2 pt. failed)
Colt - Jol. Straughan 4 run (2 pt. failed)
First downs 18 11
Rushes/yards 58-285 10-46
Passing yards 106 314
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 11-21-1 24-38-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 9-40 9-60
RUSHING - Pom: Reisdorph 25-137, Knebel 25-129, Wolf 7-18. Colt: Jo. Straughan 5-31, H. Druffel 5-15.
PASSING - Pom: Wolf 11-21, 106 yards. Colt: Jo. Straughan 24-38, 314 yards, 1 touchdown.
RECEIVING - Pom: Smith 5-56, Ruchert 3-38, Knebel 4-22. Colt: H. Druffel 3-19, Eacker 12-151-1, Spence 6-92, Becker 2-15, Ja. Straughan 1-36.