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Williams, Pirates run roughshod over Olney Cubs

Pirate Bandy Mataska gains ground against Olney Friday night. Petrolia tallied 593 yards of offense in the 46-14 win over the Cubs.

Pirate Bandy Mataska gains ground against Olney Friday night. Petrolia tallied 593 yards of offense in the 46-14 win over the Cubs.

With a total output of 593 yards, a potent Petrolia offense led by Dane Williams ran roughshod over Olney in a game that lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes Friday night to take a 46-14 win.

“I told the kids, ‘We just need to win by one.’ That was our goal. ‘I don’t care if it’s 7-6 or 14-13, we just need a win,’” said Petrolia Head Coach Byron Gravitt.

“I’m definitely proud of the kids in the way they played. We understand that we still have some people on the schedule that are pretty stinking good. We’re going to have to work and get better, even better than we were tonight.”

The sophomore quarterback produced 498 yards of Petrolia’s offensive effort, completing 18 of 24 pass attempts for 355 yards and scrambling for another 143. Junior Bandy Mataska took nine Williams passes for 167 yards. Freshman Jake Edgemon took four receptions 154 yards.

“They’ve been struggling, and I knew that, and we’ve been struggling. Going into a game with two struggling teams and you don’t know what to expect,” said Gravitt. “I’m definitely happy with the outcome. We played hard. There’s still things that we’ll look at on film and fix. There’s some things that we got away with that, with a lot of teams, you won’t get away with.”

The Pirates took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with Williams connecting with Mataska twice for touchdown strikes of 45 and 34 yards. Williams added two more TDs in the second quarter on runs of eight and two yards.

Gage Williams gave Petrolia a 33-0 lead early in the third quarter, scoring on a 26-yard run in Petrolia’s first possession of the second half. Gage Williams, a junior, finished the game with 45 yards rushing.

Olney put its first points on the board in the third with a 21-yard run from Brent McCorkle, and added a second touchdown in the fourth with a 46-yard Noah Ballard run.

Petrolia answered Olney’s third-quarter strike with a pair of touchdowns. Williams connected with senior Jordan Lane on a 13-yard pass and Edgemon on an 18-yard pass.

Petrolia held Olney to 186 yards offense. The Cubs closed with 85 yards rushing on 31 carries and 101 yards passing, completing three of 13 attempts with one interception.

The Pirates are preparing for a Saturday game against Scott Ponder and his Bells Panthers. Ponder led Petrolia to a state championship in 2002. This is Ponder’s first year at Bells. The Panthers finished last season with a 1-9 record.

“They throw the ball and throw it well,” said Gravitt of Saturday’s opponent. “They’ve improved. I think in the past it is one of those teams that have struggled quite a bit and I think they are coming on. They are going to be ready to play.”

Game time is 2 p.m. at C.H. Collins Stadium in Denton.


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Matt Kelton began working for community newspapers at 19 and has since won numerous awards. He founded The Pioneer Sentinel in 2011 with the belief that a locally owned news source best represents a community. Matt is a fifth generation resident of Clay County.

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