Petrolia made the first blow in Friday night’s homecoming game against Santo, but could not contain the Wildcats running game for a 41-7 loss.
Pirate Quarterback Dustin Hanusch connected with Ryan Harrison for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Adam Sandoval split the uprights in his point-after attempt, giving Petrolia a 7-0 lead with 6:50 remaining in the first quarter.
From there on out, it was all Santo and Quarterback Zane Mauney.
With 1:48 left in the first, Mauney scored from six yards out to even the score. Santo took a seven-point lead at the 6:04 mark on a 21-yard Mauney run. Santo closed the half with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Mauney to Grant Gilbert. The two-point conversion failed and Sato led 20-7 at halftime.
Sato struck again in its first possession of the second half on a 43-yard run from Mauney, and increased its lead to 34-7 with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter on a 59-yard run from Keith Chalker.
Santo’s final score came in the fourth quarter, on a six-yard run from Garrett Nemeth.
Petrolia managed 193 yards rushing on 40 carries. Will Morath accounted for 107 yards on 17 carries. Hanusch completed seven of 16 passes for 41 yards, including two to Harrison for 25 yards. Petrolia lost two of three fumbles.
The Pirates were penalized seven times for 65 yards, while Santo had one five-yard penalty. In the third quarter, both teams received personal fouls. The penalties were offsetting, but resulted in the ejection of a Petrolia player.
Santo finished with 325-yards rushing on 43 carries, including 111 yards from Mauney. Santo completed none of three pass attempts, and lost two of two fumbles.
With the defeat, the Pirates fall to 2-3 for the season. District 8-A action begins next week when Petrolia hosts Era.