For a second time in three weeks, Petrolia narrowly escaped with a win Friday night – this time on a blocked point-after kick – defeating Archer City 29-28.
With the win, Petrolia improves to 2-1, its best start in recent years, while Archer City falls to 0-3.
Will Morath had run of the field against the Wildcats, posting 230 yards rushing on 18 carries. Morath put the Pirates on the scoreboard early in the first quarter, breaking loose on a 65-yard run around the end.
Archer City answered with a one-yard touchdown run to open the second quarter and, with a two-point conversion, took an 8-6 lead.
Morath found the end zone twice more before halftime, first on a two-yard run, and again from 25-yards out. Bodie Cokendolpher added a two-point conversion behind Morath’s first second-quarter strike, and Adam Sandoval kicked an extra point.
Archer City closed the first half with a 22-yard touchdown pass, narrowing the Pirates halftime lead to six.
Neither team scored in the third.
Archer City earned a 22-21 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 13-yard run, but Petrolia responded, and Morath found the end zone from five-yards out. With a two-point conversion run from Tanner Welch, the Pirates took a 29-22 lead.
With just under five minutes remaining, Archer City scored on an 11-yard run, but the kick was knocked down.
Petrolia finished with 301 yards rushing on 43 carries, the bulk of which went to Morath. Brandon Shipley had nine carries for 31 yards. Petrolia had only three pass attempts for no yards and an interception.
Archer City completed seven of 14 pass attempts for 137 yards, the bulk of its offense. The Wildcats rushed 31 times for 89 yards.