RICHLAND — Highlighted by six touchdown tosses and 242 yards of passing from Liberty Christian quarterback Mike Olson, the top-ranked Patiots scored early and often in a 66-6 rout over Pomeroy Friday night in Southeast 1B football.
Liberty Christian (5-0 SE1B, 8-0 overall) did not allow a single completed pass on four attempts from Pomeroy quarterback Ryan Smith and gave up just 142 yards on 52 carries for the Pirates.
“They’re a quality ball club, very sound,” Pomeroy coach Sanford Bates said. “They execute very well. They don’t make many mistakes. We had the one sustained drive for a score in the second, but we had to work for everything we got.”
Pomeroy scored 20 first-quarter points on two passes from Olson to Tyler Morris and another pass from Olson to Brandon Peterson before Pomeroy got on the board in the second.
The Pirates drove 60 yards for the touchdown, with Smith, who led the Pirates with 65 yards on 17 carries, scrambling to keep the drive alive before picking up the score on an 8-yard run.
“We just worked at it slowly,” Bates said. “We didn’t make any mistakes and grinded it out. Our senior quarterback was able to scramble a few times to get out of trouble and that’s what got us in position to get down there and score.”
But Olson hit Morris for another score, this one an 18-yarder, to reignite the Patriots and Liberty Christian scored six unanswered touchdowns after the Pomeroy score to put the game away.
The Pirates (1-4, 2-6) host Touchet Friday at 7 p.m.
Liberty Christian 66, Pomeroy 6
Liberty Christian 20 22 16 6 — 66
Pomeroy 0 6 0 0 — 6
Lib — Tyler Morris 31 pass from Mike Olson (run failed)
Lib — Morris 23 pass from Olson (run failed)
Lib — Brandon Peterson 16 pass from Olson (Run Reace Howard)
Pom — Ryan Smith 8 run (run failed)
Lib — Morris 18 pass from Olson (Howard run)
Lib — Brandon Peterson 16 pass from Olson (Howard run)
Lib — Howard 62 run (run failed)
Lib — Peterson 12 pass from Olson (John Lesser run)
Lib — Lesser 10 run (Tate Richards run)
Lib — Richards 36 run (run faile)
First downs 10 9
Rushes/yards 52-142 16-197
Passing Yards 0 242
Passes (att-comp-int) 4-0-1 20-15-1
Fumbles 2-2 2-0
RUSHING — Pom: Smith 17-65, W. Hyer 20-48, Snyder 5-6, K. Hyer 9-22, Heytvelt 1-1; Lib: Howard 1-62, Lesser 10-82, Richards 5-53.
PASSING — Smith 0-4 0 yards, Lib: Olson 15-20 242.
RECEPTIONS — Lib: Peterson 7-115, Morris 5-120, Lindquist 1-7.