POMEROY — Kade Snyder’s 7-yard scoring run gave Pomeroy a 16-12 lead with 5:51 left in the first half here Thursday at Lybecker Field in a Southeast 1B League regular-season football finale.
Colton, which came into the game as one of the league’s three co-leaders, responded with 18 unanswered points to take a 30-16 lead to the intermission. The Wildcats scored twice more to open the second half to take command at 46-16 with 5:02 left in the third.
Colton went on to win the game 58-40 and remain atop the league standings with Liberty Christian and Touchet, who likewise posted victories in Thursday play. Colton, however, will take the league’s No. 1 seed into next weeks first round of postseason play based on a predetermined tie-breaker.
The Wildcats opened the scoring by reaching the end zone twice in a span of seven seconds in the first period.
Colton quarterback Jake Straughn raced 40 yards with 6:36 left in the first quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, Straughn fell on a Pirate fumble and plowed in from the 4-yard line one play later.
With 6:29 left, Colton led 12-0.
“In these kind of games against a good ball club, you want to keep away from mistakes as much as possible,” Pirate coach Sanford Bates said. “We had some (mistakes) early to give them a chance. We did come back and get the lead. We didn’t give up, and I was pleased with that.”
Snyder connected with Bryan McGreevy, who pulled out of the grasp of Wildcat Carter Dahmen to complete a 67-yard scoring bomb, Jackson Hall ran in the two point conversion and the Pirates trailed 12-8 after one quarter.
The Pirates marched 72 yards with their first possession of the second quarter and used six minutes of clock before Snyder rambled in from the 7 and Hall caught a pass from Snyder for the conversion as the Pomeroy took its only lead of the night at 16-12 with 5:51 left in the half.
The Wildcats lived up to their hype. Straughn went 32 yards for a score as Colton retook the lead for good at 18-16 with 5:02 left. Straughn would add a 7-yard TD ramble and a 59-yard scoring pass to Dalton Patchen to send the Wildcats to intermission in front 30-16.
A 50-yard bomb from Straughn to Casey Jackson on the first play of the second half ran the Wildcat advantage to 38-16.
Pomeroy answered behind a 19-yard completion from Snyder to Cade Gingrich and a 19-yard scramble by Snyder, to march to the Wildcat 13. But Jackson picked off a Snyder pass in the end zone to quell the threat.
“They are a good ball club,” Bates said. “You have to bring you’re ‘A’ game. We just made a few too many mistakes and you can’t against this kind of team.
“If we take care of the ball (the Pirates lost three fumbles in addition to the interception), things are a little bit different,” Bates added. “But, they were doing what they were suppose to on their side.”
The Pirates matched Wildcat scores the rest of the way, but the hole was too deep. Pomeroy got a 50-yard run and a 40-yard scamper from Snyder to close the third period down 52-32.
A 21-yard pass to a sprawling Havin Heytvelt counted for the last Pomeroy score of the 2013 campaign. Hall ran in the Pirates’ fifth consecutive two-point conversion to run the final to 58-40.
Straughn ran for 194 yards and five scores and threw for 152 yards and two scores to lead Colton, which improved to 6-1 in league games and 8-2 overall. Snyder, who returns next season, ran for 181 yards and three scores and threw for 193 yards and one TD.
The loss ends Pomeroy’s season at 2-5, 3-7. Cody LaMunyan and Taylor Lewis ended their Pirate careers on the field and Wyatt Hyer, Tayler McGreevy, and Riley Bott missed their senior finale with injuries.
“We were down to two seniors that got to play tonight,” Bates concluded. “It’s been a joy to work with all of them. To play this quality ball club (Colton) and have the score we had, they finished the season well.”
Colton 58, Pomeroy 40
Colton 12 18 22 6 — 58
Pomeroy 8 8 16 8 40
Col — Straughn 40 run (fun failed).
Col — Straughn 4 run (run failed).
Pom — McGreevy 67 pass from Snyder (Hall run).
Pom — Snyder 7 run (Hall pass from Snyder).
Col — Straughn 32 run (run failed).
Col — Straughn 7 run (run failed).
Col — Patchen 59 pass from Straughn (pass failed).
Col — Jackson 50 pass from Straughn (Straughn run).
Col — Straughn 39 run (Patchen pass from Straughn).
Pom — Snyder 50 run (Heytvelt pass from Snyder).
Col — Frank 5 run (pass failed).
Pom — Snyder 40 run (Hall run).
Col — Frank 1 run (pass failed).
Pom — Heytvelt 21 pass from Snyder (Hall run).
First downs 12 16
Rushes/yards 42-348 40-244
Passing yards 152 193
Passes (att-comp-int) 13-8-0 20-8-1
Punts 3-34.7 1-41
Fumbles-lost 3-0 6-3
Penalties-yards 13-107 7-91
RUSHING — Colton: Frank 20-138, Straughn 16-194, Kinzer 5-28, Team 1-(-12); Pomeroy: Hyer 7-10, Gingerich 4-15, Hall 9-32, Snyder 17-198, Heytvelt 1-2, McGreevy 1-(-11), Team 1-(-2).
PASSING — Colton: Staughn 8-13-0, 152 yards, 2 TDs. Pomeroy: Snyder 8-20-1, 193 yards, 2 TDs.
RECEIVING — Colton: Patchen 6-106-1, Frank 1-(-4)-0, Jackson 1-50-1; Pomeroy: McGreevy 3-101-1, Hall 1-30-0, Heytvelt 3-43-1, Gingerich 1-19-0.