BELLINGHAM — Pomeroy ran into a good football team and some bad luck here Saturday as the Pirates launched their 2012 season with a 64-28 non-league loss to the Lummi Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks, who have appeared in the Class B-8 state playoffs for eight consecutive years and were state champions in 2010, recovered from an early 8-0 deficit to lead 22-8 at halftime, then blew the game open with a 29-point third quarter.
“They’re a good ball club, as they have been for the last five or six years,” Pomeroy coach Sanford Bates said of Lummi, which was also state runner-up in 2009. “They have 12 seniors on their roster and some very good athletes. But we held our own with them until about midway through the second quarter.”
That’s when the bad luck began.
Austin Reisdorph, the Pirates’ senior fullback and middle linebacker, left the game at that juncture with a knee injury. Bates wasn’t sure of the extent of the injury, but he anticipates that Reisdorph will miss at least the next two or three weeks.
Then, early in the second half, senior quarterback Ryan Smith was sidelined with what Bates hopes was no more than a high ankle sprain.
“We don’t know how serious that injury is, either, but we should find out later today when we practice,” the coach said this morning.
“There’s no question we missed those two,” Bates added. “They are our senior leaders. The kids who came in for them did a fine job, and with more experience and more reps they will improve. But we have to find out how long these two are out.”
Kade Snyder replaced Smith at QB and rushed nine times for 29 yards and a touchdown. He missed his only passing attempt, but since the Pirates don’t have a history of throwing much — Smith was 1-for-2 for 28 yards before suffering his ankle injury — that might not be significant.
Wyatt Hyer took over for Reisdorph at fullback and carried six times for 22 yards. Reisdorph collected 23 yards on eight carries before he was injured in the second quarter.
Brendon Lueck was a bright spot for the Pirates as he rushed 13 times for 171 yards, including touchdown gallops of 37 yards in the first quarter and 68 yards in the third.
“Brandon played behind Tory Knebel all of last year,” Bates said, referring to last year’s star running back who led the Pirates to the state semifinals. “Brandon had a great game, even after all of the adversity we faced.”
Lueck’s first-quarter TD and Smith’s two-point conversion run staked Pomeroy to an 8-0 lead. Austin Brockie countered for Lummi by hauling in a 26-yard scoring pass from Toby Logan, but the Blackhawks’ conversion failed and Pomeroy took an 8-6 lead into the second period.
The Blackhawks owned the second period, however, as Logan hit Demitri Sampson for 29 yards and a go-ahead touchdown and then connected with Dino Williams for 24 yards and six points. Deion Hoskins ran for a pair of two-pointers and Lummi led 22-8 at halftime.
Lueck’s 68-yard TD run and a 3-yard score by Kade Snyder were not nearly enough to keep the Pirates within hailing distance of the Blackhawks in the third quarter.
Hoskins, Sampson and Jared Tom each scored on runs from inside the 5-yard line and Leo Scarbourough broke a 50-yarder as Lummi opened up a 51-22 advantage going into the final period.
Hoskins scored his second TD of the day on a 47-yard pass reception from Sampson and Richard Edwards raced into the end zone from 26 yards out as Lummi extended its lead to 64-22 before Kyle Hyer tacked on Pomeroy’s final touchdown on a 38-yard run as the clock ran out.
Pomeroy has two more non-league games — at Lewis County in Craigmont, Idaho, Friday and at home to Clearwater Valley of Kooskia, Idaho, on Sept. 14 before opening up Southeast 1B-8 League play Sept. 21 at St. John-Endicott.
“We’re going to see how we bounce back from adversity,” Bates said. “We will see after we give these young kids a chance to practice with the starting team.”