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Pilots Second-Half Comeback Subdues Cougars

By Staff | Nov 5, 2014

The River Pilots’ Colton Wright split the uprights for a 20-yard field goal late in the fourth period to shock the Frontier Cougars 25-22 in a stunner at Flannery Field Oct. 31 on senior night.

“Our kids needed this one,” said River Head Coach Mike Flannery after the game. “We changed some things up in the second half and moved the ball a lot better. We found some weaknesses in the Frontier coverage and stayed with it.”

The Pilots fell behind early, as the heavily-favored Cougars raced out to a 16-0 lead on its first first two possessions in the opening period – all on runs. But, the Pilots regrouped in the second half, limiting Frontier to only 13 net yards in the second half.

After falling behind 14-0 the Pilots went on a 14-play drive, capped off by a Cole Isaly 15-yard touchdown run. Wright nailed the PAT.

After a nice ensuing kickoff return to midfield, the Cougars went on an eight-play drive that ended in a 21-yard TD to go on top 22-7.

However, River’s Joey Flannery hooked up with Broc Cross five times on the drive that led to a TD that sliced the deficit to 22-14 – after the Wright PAT – right before intermission.

Frontier couldn’t get anything going in the second half and punted on its first four possessions, while the Pilot offense got a shot in the arm with a nice acrobatic catch by freshman Drew Dietz to move the chains. Isaly finished the seven-play drive with a two-yard TD run. A two-point conversion that tied the score at 22 came with seven minutes and change remaining in the contest.

On the Pilot winning drive in the fourth period, Loren Thomas ripped off a 14-yard run and Isaly nailed a 16-yard run to the Cougar nine-yard line. River moved the ball all the way to the one yard line, but the Cougar defense halted the drive and forced the Pilots to go for it on fourth down. But, Coach Flannery had faith in his defense – and even more faith in Wright as the kicker – and settled for a chip shot that gave the Pilots the lead.

Frontier couldn’t do much as the Pilot defense, led by Luke Matusik and Cody Saksa, put the pressure on the Cougar quarterback. Teammate Dakota Smith intercepted a Frontier pass to put the icing on the cake.

Joey Flannery was 21-37 thru the air for 251-yards and a touchdown. Cross hauled in 10 passes for 86-yards and a score, while Craig Hupp pulled in four, for 60-yards. Wes Smith, Braden Whetsell and Isaly each caught two passes, and Dietz nabbed one.

Isaly rushed for 29-yards and scored twice, while Thomas rambled for 34-yards on five totes grabbed two

Isaly made three solo tackles and assisted on 10 others, while Matusik made 11 solo tackles and assisted on six. He also made four quarterback sacks. Braden Whetsell added eight tackles, while Smith made nine tackles and grabbed an interception. Saksa made nine tackles, including one for loss of yards, and added in a quarterback sacking. Collin Huffman added five tackles and made a quarterback sack.

The Pilots finished the season at 4-6, losing four of their six games by six points or less. The Pilots will lose their field goal kicker and punter Colton Wright to graduation, along with starters Smith, Cross, Isaly, and Thomas.

Pilots Second-Half Comeback Subdues Cougars

By Staff | Nov 5, 2014

The River Pilots’ Colton Wright split the uprights for a 20-yard field goal late in the fourth period to shock the Frontier Cougars 25-22 in a stunner at Flannery Field Oct. 31 on senior night.

“Our kids needed this one,” said River Head Coach Mike Flannery after the game. “We changed some things up in the second half and moved the ball a lot better. We found some weaknesses in the Frontier coverage and stayed with it.”

The Pilots fell behind early, as the heavily-favored Cougars raced out to a 16-0 lead on its first first two possessions in the opening period – all on runs. But, the Pilots regrouped in the second half, limiting Frontier to only 13 net yards in the second half.

After falling behind 14-0 the Pilots went on a 14-play drive, capped off by a Cole Isaly 15-yard touchdown run. Wright nailed the PAT.

After a nice ensuing kickoff return to midfield, the Cougars went on an eight-play drive that ended in a 21-yard TD to go on top 22-7.

However, River’s Joey Flannery hooked up with Broc Cross five times on the drive that led to a TD that sliced the deficit to 22-14 – after the Wright PAT – right before intermission.

Frontier couldn’t get anything going in the second half and punted on its first four possessions, while the Pilot offense got a shot in the arm with a nice acrobatic catch by freshman Drew Dietz to move the chains. Isaly finished the seven-play drive with a two-yard TD run. A two-point conversion that tied the score at 22 came with seven minutes and change remaining in the contest.

On the Pilot winning drive in the fourth period, Loren Thomas ripped off a 14-yard run and Isaly nailed a 16-yard run to the Cougar nine-yard line. River moved the ball all the way to the one yard line, but the Cougar defense halted the drive and forced the Pilots to go for it on fourth down. But, Coach Flannery had faith in his defense – and even more faith in Wright as the kicker – and settled for a chip shot that gave the Pilots the lead.

Frontier couldn’t do much as the Pilot defense, led by Luke Matusik and Cody Saksa, put the pressure on the Cougar quarterback. Teammate Dakota Smith intercepted a Frontier pass to put the icing on the cake.

Joey Flannery was 21-37 thru the air for 251-yards and a touchdown. Cross hauled in 10 passes for 86-yards and a score, while Craig Hupp pulled in four, for 60-yards. Wes Smith, Braden Whetsell and Isaly each caught two passes, and Dietz nabbed one.

Isaly rushed for 29-yards and scored twice, while Thomas rambled for 34-yards on five totes grabbed two

Isaly made three solo tackles and assisted on 10 others, while Matusik made 11 solo tackles and assisted on six. He also made four quarterback sacks. Braden Whetsell added eight tackles, while Smith made nine tackles and grabbed an interception. Saksa made nine tackles, including one for loss of yards, and added in a quarterback sacking. Collin Huffman added five tackles and made a quarterback sack.

The Pilots finished the season at 4-6, losing four of their six games by six points or less. The Pilots will lose their field goal kicker and punter Colton Wright to graduation, along with starters Smith, Cross, Isaly, and Thomas.