St. Pius X beats Pembroke Hill

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 22, 2016 - 7:42 AM

The St. Pius Warriors wore down the Pembroke Hill Raiders as they defeated their rival 38 - 18. In an odd occurrence, the two teams met on back to back Friday nights with the Warriors coming out on top both games.

The Raiders scored first when with 7:59 left in the first quarter, Travis Sedlock completed a 25 yard strike to Bert Bean in the corner of the end zone.  The PAT was missed by Charlie Thorne wide left.

The Warriors answered when Ryan Vutich scored on a 3 yard run.  Tommy Hoambrecker’s PAT was also wide left. 

The Warriors defense force the Raiders to punt, and this time they scored through the air as Hoambrecker  threw a 6 yard fade to Tommy Givens.  Hoambrecker also completed the two-point pass.  The teams went to the half with the Warriors on top 14 - 6.

The Warriors took the opening kick of the second half and ran the ball effectively into Raider territory, but stalled near the red zone.  Hoambrecker kicked a 34 yard field goal, to increase the lead to eleven points.

Sedlock was picked off by Joe Witherow, giving the Warriors good field position.  The short drive led to a score as Vutich took a late pitch on the option from 13 yards out.  Hoambrecker converted the kick and the Warriors now led 24 - 6.

On their next possession the Raiders reached into their bag of trick and called a double pass when Sedlock threw a lateral to Bert Bean.  Bean was almost tackled for a loss as he was spun around, but he kept his balance and found Nelson Sabates for a 45 yard touchdown pass.  Sedlock was stopped short on the two-point run.  The Raiders trailed 24 - 12.

The Warriors scored again with 2:00 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, when Will Brockman scored on a 33 yard run.  Hoambrecker converted the kick, and now the Warriors were ahead 31 - 12. 

Witherow intercepted his second pass giving the ball back to the Warriors in Raider territory.  Head coach Rick Byers, talked about his defense after the game, “That’s what we’ve been hanging on our hats this year.  The defense has been giving us a shot.” 

John Liberto, now at quarterback, threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Logan Fox.  James Rupp converted the kick, making the score 38 - 12.

Coach Knopik’s Raiders playing all the way to the final whistle scored on the last play of the game when Hank Graves took an inside handoff and went 42 yards for the score.

The Warriors will travel next week to Maryville to take on the Spoofhounds, who defeated Cameron 70 - 6.