Pirates break halftime tie, down Tigercats

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WASHTUCNA - Pomeroy broke open a game tied at halftime with 26 second-half points to beat Lacrosse-Washtucna, 40-20, for the Pirates' second Southeast 1B victory here Friday night.

Penalties hurt the Pirates in the first half. Pomeroy finished with eight flags in the game.

"We traded touchdowns in the first half," Pirates coach Sanford Bates said. "Our defense played well, but we inopportune penalties at crucial times which allowed Lacrosse to keep drive going. We took care of that in the second half."

The Tigercats opened scoring in the first quarter on Sawyer Hostetler's two-yard run, followed by a Jake Aune-to-Matt Stubbs 2-point pass conversion.

Pomeroy's Tory Knebel answered right back, unleashing a 69-yard touchdown scamper that pulled the Pirates to 8-6.

In the second period, Aune hit Sam Harder for a 12-yard touchdown reception. The conversion failed, lifting L-W to a 14-6 lead.

But Knebel would have none of it, taking the ball from 35 yards out for the score. Knebel also converted the 2-point run, and the teams went to halftime tied 14-all.

After the break, Knebel again found a hole and went 57 yards to put the Pirates up 20-14.

But the Tigercats responded with Hostetler's 37-yard run, and the failed conversion again left the score tied.

Pomeroy then took control of the game. Pirates quarterback Ryan Smith found Mitch Ruchert for an eight-yard scoring reception, and Austin Reisdorph got loose for a 50-yard score as Pomeroy took a 32-20 lead.

Knebel hammered home the final nail in the Tigercats' coffin with an 89-yard scoring run. Reisdorph's 2-point conversion finalized scoring for the night.

"In the fourth quarter, we had a goal-line stand that stopped them and kept the momentum with us," Bates said. "And when Tory scored that 89-yard touchdown, that gave us some breathing room."

Knebel finished with 274 yards rushing on 213 carries, and four touchdowns.

"The offense line gives him a crease, and he takes advantage," Bates said."

Pomeroy finished with 460 yards on the ground.

"We had a little bit of a size advantage, and we wore them down a little on the line," Bates said, highlighting the play of linebacker Reisdorph.

"He had a good game at linebacker for us," he said. "He flowed to the ball well all night."

The victory give the Pirates a 4-1 overall record, 2-1 in SE1B play. They had to Garfield-Palouse, a 62-20 victor over St. John-Endicott Friday and 2-0 in league, this week, followed by Liberty Christian and Touchet.

"I'm happy with where we're sitting at the moment," Bates said. "I think the next three games are going to be similar for us to get ready for."

Pomeroy 40, Lacrosse-Washtucna 20

Pomeroy 6 8 12 14 - 40

L-W 8 6 6 0 - 20

L-W - Hostetler 2 run (Stubbs pass from Aune).

Pom - Knebel 69 run (conversion failed).

L-W - Harder 12 pass from Aune (conversion failed).

Pom - Knebel 35 run (Knebel run).

Pom - Knebel 57 run (conversion failed).

L-W - Hostetler 37 run (conversion failed).

Pom - Ruchert 8 pass from Smith (conversion failed).

Pom - Reisdorph 50 run (conversion railed)

Pom - Knebel 89 run (Reisdorph run).

Pomeroy L-W

First downs 7 15

Rushes/yards 32-460 40-205

Passing yards 8 132

Passes (att-comp-int) 4-1-1 22-13-1

Punts 1-50 NA

Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-yards 8-55 2-10

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Pom: Knebel 13-274, Reisdorph 9-85, Smith 10-101; L-W: Hostetler 20-88, Holgren 9-35, Harder 7-34, Aune 7-12.

PASSING - Pom: Smith 1-4-1, 8 yards; L-W: Aune 13-22-1, 132 yards.

RECEIVING - Pom: Ruchert 1-8, TD; L-W: Hostetler 4-48, Holgren 3-28, Harder 4-53, Stubbs 2-13.

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