Pembroke Hill survives comeback attemp
By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
Pembroke Hill’s defense made a play when they needed it the most as Billy Humphrey picked off a St. Pius X pass with 1:16 left ending the Warriors furious comeback effort and allowing the Raiders to come away the 21-16 win.
"Defense played tough all night," Pembroke Hill head coach Sam Knopik said. "As always, Pius showed up with a great game plan. We missed chances for about four interceptions over the course of the game, but Billy Humphrey made the play when we needed it and it all came together at the end."
In the first quarter neither team was able to put together a scoring drive, and the teams headed to the second in a scoreless tie.
The first big play of the game came quickly in the second 12 minutes as St. Pius fumbled a punt and Pembroke recovered at the Warriors’ 35. The Raiders took advantage of the miscue as Tristan Threatt connected with Charlie Mueller for a 35-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0 with 10:02 left in the half.
St. Pius’ first big kick return followed as Nicholas Kelliher raced 85 yards for a TD, but the play was called back for holding. The Warriors regrouped and turned the drive into points as Daniel Hoambrecker hit a 31-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with just over six minutes left in the quarter.
Pembroke had the final say in the half putting together a late drive, propelled by a Threatt 41-yard run, on their way to their second score of the half. Threatt threw his second TD pass and Mueller caught his second to give the Raiders a 14-3 lead at halftime.
Pembroke turned an 11-point halftime lead into 21-3 edge late in the third quarter. Senior Max Montague plunged in from a yard out with 1:40 to go in the quarter. And that’s when St. Pius shifted the momentum via kickoff return for the second time in the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Kelliher took it to the house and St. Pius was back within 11 (21-10) as the teams headed to the fourth.
Pembroke looked as if they might put the game away driving deep into Warriors’ territory with under seven minutes to play and an 11-point lead, but a Raider fumble was recovered by St. Pius at their own 21.
The Warriors went down the field in just over two minutes and cut the lead to five on a touchdown pass from Chris Beaubien to Sam Martino. The two-point try failed and that was as close as St. Pius would get as Pembroke got the big turnover on the final Warrior possession.
"We were able to grind it out on the ground a little bit," Knopik said. "I’m really proud of our offensive line. Tristan (Threatt) probably called about 80 percent of those snaps. We like putting the game plan in our quarterback’s hands when we can and he’s a smart kid that understands."
The win moves the Raiders to 2-1, while St. Pius falls to 1-2.
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