COLTON — Pomeroy and Colton traded scores to a 16-12 stalemate after one quarter Thursday night but the Wildcats used a vicious air attack to break away for a 50-32 victory and send the Pirates home with a Southeast 1B loss in their final game of the season.
Pomeroy (1-5 SE1B, 2-8 overall) took a 18-12 lead with a touchdown in the second, but Wildcat quarterback Jake Straughan had a hand in four straight scores, tossing three touchdowns and running for another to send Colton up 38-18 at the halfway mark.
“We just had a hard time matching up with them (Wildcats) through the air as far as our defensive backs and their receivers goes,” Pomeroy coach Sanford Bates said. “They were able to stretch their lead on us in the second quarter.”
Colton (3-4 SE1B) features the most pass-happy offense the Pirates faced this season, carving Pomeroy up for 185 passing yards and another 266 on the ground.
“In the second half we were able to get back on track,” Bates said, “but then they were able to get outside on us with the running game and that was pretty much the difference for us as far as the outcome.”
Pomeroy found success on offense as well, with back-up quarterback Kade Snyder passing for two touchdowns and 102 yards on 3-of-3 passing.
Starting quarterback Ryan Smith, after moving to receiver, caught all three passes. Smith also had 16 carries for 188 yards and three touchdowns for a total of five scores on the night.
Thanks to injuries, however, Pomeroy started just three seniors on the night and the Pirates’ inexperience cost them against the more veteran Wildcats.
“Colton is a passing team,” Bates said. “They have a quarterback that can throw the ball and receivers that can run routes, so they were able to take advantage of our situation a bit.”
Pomeroy drew first blood on the night, with solid blocking on the edge springing Smith for a 54-yard sprint down the sideline.
“As long as we take care of the ball and we don’t make mistakes we can drive down the field,” Bates said. “We have to make sure we don’t have mental mistakes and give the ball up.”
The Pirates lose six seniors to graduation: Smith, who also starts at safety, OL/DL Mike Wymore, OL/DL Sam Lindenkugel, tailback/linebacker Brendan Lueck (out due to a concussion in the third game of the year), OL/DL Eric Wade, and fullback/linebacker Austin Reisdorph (who has been out since tearing his ACL in the first game of the year).
Colton 50, Pomeroy 32
Pomeroy 12 6 0 14 — 32
Colton 16 22 6 6 — 50
Pom — 52 run Smith (pass failed)
Col — 4 run Straughan (Robertson run)
Pom — 3 run Smith (run failed)
Col — Roberston 68 kick return (Thompson pass from Straughan)
Pom — 18 run Smith (pass failed)
Col — Thompson 14 pass from Straughan (Roberston run)
Col — Thompson 54 pass from Straughan (Roberston run)
Col — Robertson 25 pass from Straughan (run failed)
Col — Straughan 24 run (pass failed)
Pom — Smith 4 pass from Kade Snyder (Hyer run)
Col — Dylan Frank 5 pass from Jake Straughan (pass failed)
Pom — Ryan Smith 61 pass from Snyder (run failed)
First Downs 11 13
Rushes/yards 48-329 34-266
Passing yards 102 185
Passes 6-3-1 21-16-1
Punting 1-34 0-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
RUSHING — Pomeroy: Smith 16-188 3TDs, Snyder 15-54, Wyatt Hyer 14-87, Jackson Hall 2-0, Memo Morfin 1-1; Colton: Nick Robertson 19-181, Straughan 14-81 2 TD, Trystan Thompson 1-4.
PASSING — Pomeroy: Ryan Smith 0-3-1, Snyder 3-3 102 2 TD; Colton: Straughan 16-21-1 185 4 TDs.
RECEIVING — Pomeroy: 3-102 2 TD; Colton: Robertson 4-57 TD, Zack Devorak 3-30, Thompson 4-87 2 TDs, Dylan Frank 2-11 TD.