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Poth dominates Schulenburg
Pirate quarterback Thomas Krawietz (10) cuts upfield for positive yardage during Poth’s area win over Schulenburg.
VICTORIA -- After another big playoff win, this time a 37-14 decision over Schulenburg, the Poth Pirate football team is now 10-2 on the season, and is headed to the regional semifinals.
The Pirates made a trip to Victoria last weekend to take on the Schulenburg Shorthorns in an area playoff game. Poth was more than ready for the meeting, though, and manhandled the opposing team with three straight quarters of domination.
Poth scored its first touchdown of the night with about four minutes to play in the first quarter as junior running back Koby Pruski ran over the goal line from 11 yards deep. Add in the extra point by Dylan Sefcik, and the Pirates enjoyed an early 7-0 lead.
Time was about to run out in the first quarter when the Pirate offense struck again. The Poth defense gave the ball back to the offense at the Pirate 4-yard line, and quarterback Thomas Krawietz promptly took it 96 yards for a touchdown. The point-after attempt was no good, but the lead was 13-0 moving into the second quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Krawietz scored his second touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run from scrimmage. Sefcik added the extra point, and the lead was 20-0 with about nine minutes to play in the half.
Midway through the second quarter, Poth regained possession and began to put a drive together. The Pirates worked their way down the field to the Schulenburg 11-yard line, and then again to the 1. Krawietz carried it in from there, and a Sefcik point-after kick put Poth on top, 27-0.
The Pirates were in good shape, but weren’t quite finished scoring in the half. After another great defensive stand, Poth’s offense took over and went right back to work. With the ball spotted just inside Pirate territory, Sefcik broke loose for a 54-yard touchdown run. He then kicked the extra point to put Poth on top 34-0 at the break.
Poth kicked off to Schulenburg to start the second half, but the Shorthorns couldn’t do anything with the ball. The Pirates took over with about eight minutes to play in the third, and chewed up a ton of clock as they moved down the field. Poth eventually settled for a 22-yard field goal from Sefcik, along with a 37-0 advantage.
Schulenburg scored its first touchdown in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, and then once more in the final minute of the game. The Shorthorns were nowhere near climbing back into the game, though.
Krawietz led the Pirate offense with 166 yards rushing on 15 carries. Pruski ran 18 times for 95 yards, Rhett Kelley had five carries for 27 yards, and Sean Clancy ran five times for 27. Sefcik had three carries for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Krawietz only attempted two passes in the game, but completed one of them to Kelley for 47 yards.
The win puts the Pirates at 10-2 on the year, and the team will now advance to the regional semifinals. Poth will square off with the unbeaten East Bernard Brahmas this Friday, Nov. 29. The teams will meet at Bastrop Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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