Garfield-Palouse starts fast, holds off Pirates

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POMEROY — Garfield-Palouse scored 24 first-quarter points and held down what had become a potent Pomeroy running attack to win a Southeast 1B League contest here Friday night, 48-20.

“They jumped on us right off the bat and played very well,” Pirates coach Sanford Bates said. “They didn’t make too many mistakes, and we had a few mistakes that slowed us down offensively for awhile.”

Coming up big for Vikings was Riley Hodges, who carried the ball for 208 yards on 21 carries and four touchdowns.

“Riley Hodges had a good day,” Bates said. “He’s got good speed, and when he bounced outside we had trouble catching him.”

Hodges took it 65 yards for the game’s first score, and following Gar-Pal quarterback Hunter Woltering’s two-yard run, scored on runs of five and 23 yards before the Pirates got on the board.

In the second quarter trailing 32-0, Pomeroy QB Ryan Smith found Riley Bott for a 35-yard touchdown strike.

Kade Snyder then took it 30 yards for another Pirates score to make it 32-12, and Eric Wade earned Pomeroy a safety to leave it 32-14 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Smith punched it in from the 1-yard line to make it 32-20.

“In the second and third quarters, we had some more luck offensively,” Bates said. “But Riley (Hodges) got outside toward the end and took care of it for them.”

Hodges followed Woltering’s fourth-quarter score from the 1 with a 70-yard scamper to finish scoring.

Smith was held to 95 yards on 6-of-12 passing, and also ran for 73 yards.

“They shut down Ryan pretty well,” Bates said. “That’s the lowest yardage he’s had this year.

“They (Gar-Pal) played a good game,” he said. “When they play that well, we have to play that well and not make mistakes.”

Pomeroy, now 1-3 in SE1B play and 2-5 overall, host league-leading and undefeated Liberty Christian, a 56-8 winner over Colton on Friday, at 7 p.m. Friday night.

“We’ll have to make sure we bring our ‘A’ game,” Bates said of the Patriots.

Garfield-Palouse 48, Pomeroy 20

Garfield-Palouse 24 8 0 16 — X

Pomeroy 0 14 6 0 — X

Gar-Pal — Hodges 65 run (Lopez pass from Woltering).

ar-Pal — Woltering 2 run (Hodges run).

Gar-Pal — Hodges 5 run (Lopez pass from Woltering).

Gar-Pal — Hodges 23 run (Thurman pass from Woltering).

Pom — Bott 35 pass from Smith (pass failed).

Pom — Snyder 30 run (run failed).

Pom — Safety.

Pom — Smith 1 run (run failed).

Gar-Pal — Woltering 1 run (Hodges run).

Gar-Pal — Hodges 70 run (Mitchell pass from Woltering).

Gar-Pal Pomeroy

First downs 8 15

Rushes/yards 31-253 52-212

Passing yards 41 95

Passes (att-comp-int) 9-6-0 12-6-0

Punts 0-0 1-25

Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-yards NA NA

Individual Statistics

RUSHING — Gar-Pal: Woltering 6-18, Hodges 21-208, Floyd 2-19, Knauff 2-8; Pom: Smith 26-73, W. Hyer 23-88, Snyder 7 47, K. Hyer 3-4.

PASSING — Gar-Pal: Woltering 6-9-0, 41 yards; Pom: Smith 6-12-0, 95 yards.

RECEIVING — Gar-Pal: Lopez 3-21, Mitchell 1-2, Hodges 1-16, Thurman 1-2; Pom: Snyder 1-7, Bott 4-78, Heytvelt 1-10.

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