PALOUSE — Pomeroy and Garfield-Palouse traded scores during the first quarter, but the Vikings’ consistent offense propelled them to a 44-30 win over the Pirates Friday.
Pomeroy (3-4, 2-2) head coach Sanford Bates said Gar-Pal’s defense was key, as they came up with some big stops against the Pirates.
“They scored, we scored — the first four touchdowns were that way,” Bates said. “Then we got a stop, then they got a couple stops on us. We had a little more difficulty stopping them than they did us.”
Vikings’ running back Kevin Knauff tore up the Pirates’ defense to the tune of 244 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Bates said it was Knauff’s first game back from injury, which meant Bates and the Pirates coaching staff didn’t plan to face him.
The game got off to a quick start, as Gar-Pal opened the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Hunter Woltering. Pomeroy’s rushing game promptly responded, as Jackson Hall pounded in a four-yard touchdown run.
The Vikings hit back again, with Knauff scoring his first touchdown of the game on a 21-yard run. Hall added his second touchdown on the following drive, with a 15-yard scamper.
Bates said the ground game was pivotal for the Pirates. Bates led Pomeroy with 78 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns.
“We had to work at getting the ball down the field,” Bates said. “We did throw a few times, which got us down the field quickly, but we couldn’t get the ball in the end zone. We didn’t have any big breaks as far as runs. We had to work hard to move the ball.”
Woltering found the end zone twice more before halftime, as he took a five-yard run for a score and found Tyler Thurman for a 27-yard touchdown pass to make it 30-16.
Gar-Pal finished with only 60 yards through the air on three completions, although Bates said those passes hurt Pomeroy in the first half.
“They threw about half the time so we worked on that,” Bates said. “They did hurt us a few times in the first half with the tail back out on the flat. We had to make some adjustments at halftime, but it did hurt us in the first half a few times.”
Pomeroy tacked on two touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the Vikings lead to 38-30, but Knauff busted a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The Pirates host Liberty-Christian next week.
Garfield-Palouse 44, Pomeroy 30
G-P 22 8 8 6 — 44
Pom 16 0 14 0 — 30
G-P — Woltering 1 run (Thurman 2-pt pass from Woltering)
Pom — Hall 4 run (Hyer 2-pt run)
G-P — Knauff 21 run (2-pt run failed)
Pom — Hall 15 run (Gingerich 2-pt run)
G-P — Woltering 5 run (Thurman 2-pt pass from Woltering)
G-P — Thurman 27 pass from Woltering (Thurman 2-pt pass from Woltering)
Pom — Hall 3 run (Hyer 2-pt run)
G-P — Knauff 1 run (Woltering 2-pt run)
Pom — McGreeby 59 run (2-pt run failed)
G-P — Knauff 40 run (2-pt run failed)
First Downs 15 9
Rushes-Yards 51-315 35-237
Passing Yards 60 105
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 8-3-0 10-5-1
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-30 5-25
RUSHING — G-P: Knauff 37-244-3. Thurman 8-56. Woltering 6-15-2; Pom: Snyder 10-48. Hall 14-78-3. Gingerich 5-20. Hyer 5-32. McGreeby 1-59-1.
PASSING — G-P: Woltering 8-3 60 yards 1 TD; Pom: Snyder 10-5-1 105 yards.
RECEIVING — G-P: Lopez 1-19. Thurman 1-27-1. Kuehner 1-14. Pom: McGreeby 3-82. Hall 2-23.