POMEROY — Pomeroy jumped out to a two-touchdown lead, but Liberty Christian used a big second half to get past the Pirates, 42-28, here Friday night.
The Pirates’ defense set up the first score, as a goal-line stand set up a scrambling 62-yard touchdown throw from Kade Snyder to Cade Gingerich to give Pomeroy the early lead.
“We were playing hard, tackling hard and the first goal-line defense — that was a good lift for us to start the game with,” Bates said. “Then, to come back with our offensive series to score, the kids kind of fed off of that, at least for the first half.”
Pomeroy extended its lead in the beginning of the second quarter, as Snyder found Bryan McGreevy in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown.
Liberty Christian cut into the Pomeroy lead on the ensuing drive, as running back Lesser John punched it in from four yards out.
But the Pirates’ offense responded, as McGreevy took a carry 33 yards to pay dirt. With a 22-6 lead, Pomeroy needed a defensive stand to enter halftime, but the Patriots tacked on another rushing touchdown to cut the Pirates’ lead to eight.
Bates said the late first-half score helped Liberty Christian bounce back in the second half.
“We gave them a little bit of life right there at the end,” Bates said. “They took the second-half kickoff and took it down for a score. But the kids came right back in the fourth quarter and we were able to score and get the lead back. They were able to get a couple more scores right at the end there.”
After Liberty Christian posted two third-quarter touchdowns, Pomeroy regained the lead in the fourth. Snyder found receiver Havin Heytvelt for a three-yard touchdown pass that gave the Pirates a 28-26 lead.
Snyder finished with 95 yards through the air and 96 on the ground. Running back Jackson Hall had 116 yards on 12 carries. Bates said the duo had more difficulty in the second half, as Liberty Christian began to ratchet up the defensive pressure.
“We like to run the option a little bit, so with those two kids we get a little bit of an opening there,” he said. “They’re able to get it down the field, so we were able to do that somewhat. Liberty Christian made some adjustments at halftime and those became a little more difficult in the second half.”
The Patriots sealed the game in the fourth quarter with a 55-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Taylor Lindquist.
The long touchdown was one of the few big plays the Patriots were able to record against Pomeroy’s defense, Bates said.
“It was a lot of situations where we hold them for three plays and then that fourth down they would get away with a screen and find a way to get that first down,” he said. “We slowed them down but we couldn’t shut the door completely.”
Pomeroy travels to face Touchet Friday.
Liberty Christian 42, Pomeroy 28
LC 0 14 12 16 — 42
Pomeroy 8 14 0 6 — 28
Pom — Gingerich 62 pass from Snyder (Hall 2-pt run)
Pom — McGreevy 15 from Snyder (2-pt run failed)
L-C — John 4 run (2-pt run failed)
Pom — McGreevy 33 run (McGreevy 2-pt pass from Snyder)
L-C — John 6 run (John 2-pt pass from Lindquist)
L-C — Lindquist 6 run (2-pt run failed)
L-C — Daniels 9 pass from Lindquist (2-pt run failed)
Pom — Heytvelt 3 pass from Snyder (2-pt run failed)
L-C — Daniels 55 pass from Lindquist (John 2-pt run)
L-C — Lindquist 15 run (Daniels 2-pt pass)
First Downs 12 8
Rushes-Yards 36-263 34-249
Passing Yards 191 95
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 23-8-0 11-6-2
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-70 3-25
RUSHING — L-C: John 23-174-2, Lindquist 8-40-2, Branton 5-49; Pom: Snyder 10-96, Hall 12-116, Hyer 12-37, McGreevy 1-33-1.
PASSING — L-C: Lindquist 23-8-0, 191 yards, 2 TDs; Pom: Snyder 11-6-2, 95 yards, 3 TDs.
RECEIVING — L-C — Daniels 5-141-2, Branton 3-40; Pom: Gingerich 1-62-1, Heytvelt 2-7-1, Hyer 1-6, McGreeby 2-20-1.