PITTSBURG — Coming off of their district opening win over Yates Center, the Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers jumped out to a 36 point first-half lead and cruised to a 46-0 victory over Pleasanton in Friday night’s contest at Hutchinson Field.
“It was the most complete game we’ve played all year,” said Colgan coach Shawn Seematter. “Our defense was lights out against a really good offense. We had a lot of guys flying around making plays. Offensively, we executed really well on the ground and through the air. We had a lot of guys involved and carrying the load. Overall, we were very pleased with our performance.”
After opening the season with three straight victories, but then dropping their next two games, Colgan was able to get back into the win column as they defeated Yates Center a week ago in the Class 1A District 1 opener. With the win on Friday night, Colgan improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in district play heading into next weeks district finale at Uniontown. The Eagles are currently 1-6 on the season and 0-2 in district play after their 7-6 loss to Yates Center.
As for Pleasanton, they dropped their first contest of the season, falling to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the district.
Despite the loss, Pleasanton Athletic Director, Danny Looney, was proud of what he saw from the Blu-Jays faithful. “Our school has shown more school spirit than I have seen in many years. Our fans and student section have been awesome all year. Even though it was cold and wet tonight, our fans and student section cheered on the team the entire game.”
The Blu-Jays entered the game on an impressive six-game win streak that saw them clinch the Three Rivers League title outright a week ago during their inaugural 11-man season. While the number one seed in District 1 is now out of the equation for Pleasanton, they can still earn the second seed. With a win at Yates Center next Friday, October 19, the Blu-Jays will clinch the second seed as well as the right to host a playoff game.
The scoreboard indicates that the Panthers were able to run away with this contest, the Blu-Jays were able to hang tough during the early stages of the game.
Pleasanton began the game with the ball and generated a few first-downs, but ultimately fumbled the ball away to Colgan. After the Blu-Jay defense stood tall forcing a punt on the Panthers first drive, the offense again fumbled the ball away. This time however, Pleasanton gave the Panthers excellent field position inside their own 10-yard line after their second turnover.
It did not take Colgan long to capitalize. On the ensuing play, running back Matthew Lomshek took a handoff 9-yards up the middle for a Colgan touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Lomshek was able to find pay dirt again, this time carrying the ball 31-yards into the endzone. While Pleasanton’s defense played relatively well in the opening period, the Panthers still held a 13-0 edge after one quarter.
The Colgan offense began to gain a head of steam in the second quarter. It started with a 4-yard Matthew Lomshek touchdown and later continued after a huge 47-yard score from Kash Marietta. A 29-yard field goal as well as another Panthers’ touchdown, this time a long 51-yard pass from Cade Simmons to Derek VanBecelaere, added to the Colgan lead. Entering half-time, the Panthers held a commanding 36-0 advantage over the Blu-Jays.
Their 36 point lead proved to be enough as Colgan began to wear down the smaller Pleasanton roster throughout the second half. A 1-yard Domenico Bevilacqua touchdown run and another field goal put the finishing touches on the 46-0 Panthers’ win.
Pleasanton’s high octane offense was held scoreless for the first time all season, but they were still able to generate twelve first-downs against a stout Colgan defense.
Colgan dominated nearly every statistical category in the contest, racking up 417-yards of total offense and limiting the Blu-Jays to just 139-yards on the night. In addition, Colgan was a spectacular 6/10 on third-down conversions. The Panthers also forced the Pleasanton offense into four total turnovers.
SMC did nearly all of their damage on the ground, rushing for 317-yards. Cade Simmons completed 3-6 passes for 78-yards. Kash Marietta led the Panther’s offense with 6 carries for 100-yards, while Matthew Lamshek gained 73-yards on 13 carries. Gianni Piccini led Colgan defensively, finishing with 5 tackles.
PLEASANTON 0 0 0 0 = 0
ST. MARY’S COLGAN 13 23 10 0 = 46
Updated Class 1A District 1 Standings after week seven.
(Photo by Lori Ann Spachek)