Pembroke Hill shuts out St. Pius X

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 8, 2012 - 9:43 AM

Pembroke Hill pitched a shutout against Saint Pius X as it rolled to a 34 – 0 victory at Pius.
The game was a defensive struggle in the first half. The Raiders led 7-0 at the end of the first half. Early in the first quarter, Pius tried a hook and ladder, the pass was completed by the lateral was fumbled. The Raiders scored at seven minutes, 55 seconds of the first quarter on a 22 yard pass from Ben Gallagher to Shea Radel. The PAT was good from Alec Hursh. The rest of the first half was played in the middle of the field with both teams had trouble moving the ball, because of the swarming defenses.
The game remained this way until 4:45 of the third quarter when Gallagher hit Charlie Mueller for a 54 yard touchdown pass. The PAT was blocked.
The game changed, early in the fourth quarter when Pius looked to close the gap. On fourth down at the Raiders 13, Pius halfback Bennie Palmentere took a pitch and tried to get around the corner for the first down, he was taken down by Radel and the ball was turned over on downs. Two plays later Harold Edwards broke an 83 yard run up the middle to make the score 19-0 as the PAT was blocked again. After another Pius turnover, Gallagher again threw a 67 yard touchdown pass to Jak Kittoe. Mueller converted the 2 point conversion making the score 27-0. The final score of the game was a 1 yard plunge by Edwards.
Gallagher finished the game four completions on eight attempts for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns. Raiders Head Coach Sam Knopik, was very pleased with his QB’s choices.
“Our offense just needs to be patient and take what the defense is going to give us,” Knopik said. “Gallagher made good decisions with the ball. When you come to play against Coach (Rick) Byers, on his field, it’s tough to run against them.”
Knopik also praised his defense.
“We are very happy with where we are defensively,” Knopik said. “Our defensive line is loaded with seniors, Freitag, Anderson, the whole group did a great job upfront, but the way our corners Radel, and Threatt, tackled in the open field, and Threatt had a great sack on a corner blitz.”
The Raiders controlled the ball with 36 rushes for 240 yards, led by Harold Reynolds with 11 attempts for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
This game gives the Raiders a record of 2-1, and drops the Warriors to 0-3.