PITTSBURG — The St. Mary’s-Colgan High School football team capped off an excellent regular season and claimed the 2-1A district title with a 57-8 win over Uniontown on Thursday at Hutchinson Field.
Colgan had everything working in the contest, dominating in all aspects of the game en route to getting the seventh win of the season.
“It feels great to get this one,” SMC head coach Shawn Seematter said. “These guys have worked hard all year, and to get a district championship heading into the playoffs is great. I like where we’re at.”
In addition to game, the Panthers also took a moment to recognize the seniors in what was the final home game of the regular season.
The Colgan seniors are Bryce Hutchins, Jeremiah Buche, Jacob Dellasega, Max Wilson, Alex Herod, Roman Sanchez, Sam Green and Trevor Graham.
“They’re a very special group,” Seematter said. “I’ve only been around them a few months, but they’ve taken a huge leadership role on and off the field. I couldn’t ask for a better group of seniors to kick off my coaching career here at Colgan.”
The Panthers had control of the contest right from the opening kick, as Wilson gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead on a 16-yard touchdown run in the first two minutes of the contest.
The Panthers added to the lead two minutes later after the defense forced a three-and-out to increase the lead to 14-0.
SMC’s second scoring drive was set up with a 20-yard run by Wilson and capped off on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Hutchins found Buche in the corner of the end zone.
Wilson scored his second touchdown of the game on the strength of a 39-yard run to increase the lead to 21-0 with six minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
SMC continued to cushion the lead, as Cal Marquardt broke several tackles en route to scoring on a 38-yard touchdown run to push the score to 28-0.
The Panthers scored their final touchdown of the first quarter on a 36-yard touchdown run by Domenic Bevilacqua to take a 35-0 lead into the second quarter.
Wilson scored his third touchdown of the game on the defensive end, as he intercepted a pass and ran it back into the end zone from 66 yards out in the early going of the second quarter to make the lead 42-0.
With the running clock in effect, the Panthers scored their final touchdown of the first half on a 13-yard run from Cade Simmons to take a 49-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Eagles continued to battle in the second half and scored a touchdown at the eight-minute mark of the third quarter on a 20-yard run and put the ball in the end zone again on the two-point conversion to make the score 42-8.
SMC got the points back in the fourth quarter via a six-yard touchdown run by Blaise Dawson to close out the win.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.