Windthorst had the look of a state-ranked team Friday night, the way the Trojans – No. 2 in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football polls – handled Petrolia on the Pirates home turf for a 46-0 win.
But despite their opponents state ranking, physical size and overwhelming speed, the Pirates gave Petrolia fans a few highlights to talk about at the coffee shop. such as an interception early in the first quarter and fumble recoveries in the second and fourth quarters.
In an attempt to open the game with possession of the ball, Petrolia Head Coach Billy Cook gave the order for an on-side kick, a risky move against a team like Windthorst. While the Trojans took possession of the ball on their own 49 yard line, the gamble paid off in a round-about way for the Pirates when, in the first play from scrimmage, Pirate Coby Acheson picked off a Windthorst pass at the 26 yard line.
It looked as though the drive might produce results, with Will Morath rushing to the 40 on the following play, but the Trojan defense was too much for the Pirates. Morath led the Pirates in rushing with 15 carries for 49 yards.
Windthorst scored its first touchdown of the game on the following drive. Trojan quarterback Joe Hoegger connected with Chase Schreiber on a 36-yard play. With the point-after kick splitting the uprights, the Trojans took a 7-0 just 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the game.
Windthorst took a 14-0 6:58 remaining in the first when Hoegger took a quarterback keeper around the right side and carried it 76 yards, followed one possession later by a field goal.
Petrolia found itself pinned deep inside its own perritory when the Windthorst kickoff was carried to the 16 yard line. The Trojan defense then pushed the Pirates back three yards before a bad snap in the second play of the drive resulted in a safety.
“They are one of the best programs in the state of Texas,” said Cook. He continued, saying that while the Pirates “Played extremely hard”, there were some mistakes made by his team that they will be looking to correct.
Windthorst’s Matthew Pittman carried the Petrolia kickoff to the Pirates 35 yard line, but the drive ended in a turnover when the Pirates claimed a fumble.
Four plays into the second quarter, Windthorst struck again with a 22-yard touchdown run from Hoegger.
On the following possession, Petrolia found itself in a fourth-and-10 situation. Cook called for a fake punt, which turned into a 22-yard pass completion to receiver Tyler Sullivan. The play gave Petrolia hope, but the drive died two plays later with a when Windthorst picked up an interception. The Trojans boosted their lead to 32-0 on a short pass from Hoegger to Schreiber.
Windthorst scored again four plays into its first drive of the second half on a 17-yard keeper play by Hoegger. The final score of the game came with 44 second remaining in the third when Cerillio Cervantes scored from seven yards out.
Windthorst’s fourth quarter turnover gave Petrolia possession at its own 47 yard line, but the Pirates turned over possession on downs.
In all, Petrolia took 30 carries for 61 yards and completed seven of 18 pass attempts for 86 yards and one interception. The Pirates had seven first downs. Winthorst took 30 carries for 379 yards, and completed four of eight pass attempts for 125 yards and one interception. Windthorst made 20 first downs to Petrolia’s seven.