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Pirates can’t contain Electra in big second half


Petrolia’s WIll Morath makes a gain for Petrolia in Friday’s game against Electra.

Petrolia gave Electra a fight in the first half of Friday’s district matchup, but could hold the Tigers back in the second half, 35-14.

Electra found the field goal first with 10:56 remaining in the first quarter when Eli Hatfield picked up a blocked Pirate field goal attempt and returned it almost 80 yards. The two-point conversion failed.

Electra scored again 1 minute, 51 seconds later on a 56-yard pass play from Michael Bishop to Markeis Lee.

Petrolia’s Ryan Harrison answered by taking the ensuing kickoff 78 yards into the end zone. The kick failed, leaving Electra up 12-6.

Petrolia forced a fumble early in the second quarter on Electra’s 19 yard line. Two plays later, Will Morath scored from 10 yards out. Bodie Cokendolpher found the end zone for a two-point conversion, putting the Pirates up 14-12.

With 21.9 seconds left in the half, Electra regained the lead on a 22-yard field goal.

The second half was all Electra as Tigers posted six points in the third and 14 in the fourth.

Bishop connected with Eli Hatfield on a 15-yard touch pass, but Petrolia blocked the point-after kick. Chase Hall picked up the loose ball and carried it some distance before the play ended.

Bishop again connected with Lee for the Tigers’ first touchdown of the fourth quarter on a 16-yard play, and Tyler Nelson scored on a 3-yard run.

Petrolia finished with 151 yards rushing on 29 carries and completed two of eight pass attempts for 6 yards. Will Morath led the Pirate offense with 115 yards on 20 carries. Dustin Hanusch found Ryan Harrison on both competed passes.

The Pirates were penalized nine times for 95 yards.

Electra had 82 yards rushing on 44 carries, and competed six of seven passes for 149 yards. The Tigers were penalized seven times for 60 yards.



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