Posted 9/08/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Tioga scored seven touchdowns and never looked back, as the Pirates rolled to a 49-18 win Friday night.
The Pirates improved to 1-2, 1-1 in Region 6, with their first victory of the season at Trenton-Trinity Christian in a matchup of winless teams. The Pirate attack racked up 426 yards of total offense, including 377 rushing and 49 passing.
The Pirates got big nights from running backs Devon Wilharm and Carsen Canfield.
Wilharm notched his best rushing game of the season with 21 carries for 283 yards and four touchdowns. Canfield added 11 carries for 58 yards and three touchdowns.
“We did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage offensively,” Tioga head coach Tim Schaffer said. “Our running backs did a great job of running hard and making timely cuts.”
Senior quarterback Cole Marmon completed five of seven passes for 49 yards while adding 36 yards rushing on nine carries.
The Pirates wrote the storyline early, as Wilharm took the ball for 23- and 91-yard touchdown runs to jump to a 14-6 lead.
After the Tigers’ second touchdown of the night, Canfield took the ball to the house, sprinting 29 yards to paydirt and a 21-12 Pirate lead midway into the first half.
The Pirates continued to drive in the second quarter, pushing the lead to 35-12 on a 9-yard touchdown run by Wilharm and a 5-yarder by Canfield.
Tioga kept its foot on the gas in the second half with an 11-yard run by Wilharm for a touchdown. Wilharm’s fourth touchdown run of the game put Tioga up 42-12 in the third quarter.
The Pirates added their final touchdown on a Canfield 3-yard run.
Tyler Larson led the Pirates with five tackles, including two assists, while Tanner Roloff recorded two tackles, one for a loss, two assists and a fumble recovery.
The Pirates return home Friday against New Town. Kickoff against the Eagles is set for 7 p.m.
Jays stay unbeaten in region
The Ray Jays remained unbeaten in region play after a 49-18 victory in New Town on Friday.
“It was an excellent game for us,” Ray head coach Steve Perdue said. “Even though we started slow, we found a rhythm in the second quarter and were able to get rolling offensively. I feel that we continue to make strides and are improving with each game.”
Waylen Hale ran for touchdowns of 2, 12, 8 and 18 yards. Atati Mita was on the receiving end of two touchdowns, one of which was a defensive interception return.
Garrett Hodenfield threw two touchdown passes, a 15-yarder to Mita and a 5-yarder to Bunker Hill.
Kadan Olson was successful in all seven extra-point kicks.
A full scoring summary was not available.
The Jays (2-1, 2-0 Region 6) continue play Friday in Ray when they take on the Trenton-Trinity Christian Tigers at 7 p.m.