ST. JOHN — Pomeroy traveled to St. John-Endicott Friday night and took care of business in a 64-28 Southeast 1B victory.
“I was very pleased with how things turned out,” Pirates coach Sanford Bates said. “It was a little of a slow start for Pomeroy in the first quarter, we had more penalties that stalled drives. But as the game went on we took care of that and were able to consistently drive the ball.”
Pirates tailback Brendan Lueck got loose for a 46 touchdown scamper, but St. John-Endicott answered right back with a score.
Kyle Hyer, taking over for an injured Lueck, punched it in from the 13, but the Eagles’ Wade West took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for the score and the teams were knotted at 14-all headed to the second quarter.
The Pirates unleashed three straight touchdowns in the second period, on runs by Hyer and two by Ryan Smith as Pomeroy took a 34-20 lead to halftime.
The second half was all Pirates, however, quarterback Smith hooking up with Hyer for a 54-yard score, Bott for a three-yarder, and Smith scored twice on the ground.
“Our offensive line continued to open holes for our backfield,” Bates said of the Pirates’ 545 rushing yards. “That enabled us to continue moving the ball.
“Our defense allowed a couple touchdowns early, but in the second quarter we adjusted and our defense got stronger and stronger. We allowed just one touchdown in the second half, and that made it easier for our offense, as well.”
Smith returned from a high ankle sprain to lead the Pomeroy effort.
“It was good to have his leadership and his quickness,” Bates said of the senior QB. “It was a big bonus to have him back.”
Pomeroy heads to Sunnyside Christian on Friday.
Pomeroy 64, St. John-Endicott 28
Pomeroy 14 20 14 16 — 64
St. John-Endicott 14 6 8 0 — 28
Pom — Lueck 46 run (pass failed).
St. J-End — Newton 1 run (run failed).
Pom — K. Hyer 13 run (W. Hyer run).
St. J-End — West 85 kickoff return (Lundberg run).
Pom — K. Hyer 9 run (K. Hyer run).
Pom — Smith 5 run (run failed).
Pom — Smith 32 run (run failed).
St. J-End — Gonzalez 56 run (run failed).
Pom — K. Hyer 54 pass from Smith (K. Hyer run).
St. J-End — West 7 run (Newton run).
Pom — Smith 19 run (run failed).
Pom — Bott 3 pass from Smith (K. Hyer pass from Smith).
Pom — Smith 55 run (K. Hyer run).
Pomeroy St. John-End
First downs 12 10
Rushes/yards 50-545 32-271
Passing yards 94 46
Passes (att-comp-int) 7-4-2 7-2-0
Punts 0-0 0-0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-3
Penalties-yards NA NA
RUSHING — Pom: Lueck 5-74, W. Hyer 16-118, Smith 13-196, K. Hyer 16-157; St. J-End: Newton 9-18, West 15-180, Davis 7-17, Gonzalez 1-56.
PASSING — Pom: Smith 4-7-1, 94 yards; St. J-End: Davis 2-6-0, 46 yards, West 0-1-0.
RECEIVING — Pom: Bott 2-37, K. Hyer 2 -54; St. J-End: Gonzalez 1-23, West 1-23.