With three touchdowns in the fist quarter alone, Petrolia earned a homecoming win over Era Friday night, 41-13.
The pirates took advantage of a struggling Era defense right off the bat, as quarterback Brady Mataska connected withe Julio Pena for a 53-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. Jared Smith’s point-after kick was good, putting the Pirates up 7-0.
Will Morath went on to score two more touchdowns in the first quarter on runs of 54 yards and 45 yards. Petrolia’s point-after attempt failed in the second score of the night, but evened it out with a two-point conversion on the third score when Mataska connected with Dustin Hanusch.
Hanusch found himself in the end zone again in the second quarter, this time on a 90-yard pass play. Morath followed with a 42-yard touchdown run to close the half with a 35-7.
Petrolia was scoreless in the third, but struck paydirt again in the fourth on a nine-yard pass from Mataska to coby Acheson.
Era’s two touchdown strikes came in the second and third quarters, on a one-yard run and a nine-yard pass play, respectively.
Petrolia finished with 240 yards rushing on 25 carries. Morath led all rushers with 162 yards on six carries for three Touchdowns. Mataska completed six of 10 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
Era rushed for 172 yards on 46 carries and completed two of nine passes for 17 yards. Era threw one interception.
Petrolia’s Jared Smith recorded 19 tackles.
The win puts Petrolia at 2-3 for the season.
Petrolia held homecoming ceremonies prior to the game. Senior Kaylee Kenyon was named homecoming queen. She was escorted by Jace Taylor. Other nominees were Alaina Anderson, escorted by Troy Merito; Breanna Bustos, escorted by Tyler Sullivan and Jamie Kowalic, escorted by Brady Mataska.