OSWEGO — St. Mary’s Colgan kept to its winning ways and punched its ticket into the state playoffs after defeating Oswego 57-6 on the road Friday to earn the district championship.
The Panthers put up 42 points in the first half, finding little resistance on either side of the ball. SMC (5-3) forced the Indians into three early turnovers to build a 27-0 lead in the first quarter, stealing the momentum for the game. Colgan continued to pour on the points up to the intermission, with the Panthers cruising to victory.
The win marks the fourth straight victory for the Panthers.
Colgan found success on its opening drive before coughing the ball deep in Oswego territory for the game’s first over.
The Indians returned the favor, fumbling the ball back over to the Panthers on their ensuing drive to give SMC the ball on the Oswego 5-yard line.
Max Wilson cashed in on a 5-yard touchdown on the following play from scrimmage to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead midway through the opening quarter.
Wilson picked up his second touchdown of the game on the Indians’ next possession, intercepting a pass and returning 15 yards to paydirt.
Oswego continued to struggle against the Panthers’ defense, losing a fumble to Alex Brown, who recovered the loose ball on the Indians’ 8-yard line.
SMC’s Josh Hayes took the following handoff 8 yards across the goal line to make the score 20-0.
Colgan pushed its lead to 27-0 in the first quarter, when Jacob Dellasega took a handoff 56 yards for a score with 1:27 on the clock.
The Panthers started the second quarter with a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Billy Dickey to Hayes to put a foothold on the momentum.
A 3-yard touchdown run from Bryce Hutchins with 7:56 to play in the first half gave Colgan the 41-0 lead.
Oswego got on the scoreboard just before the half with a touchdown run from Bryan Siu to cut into the SMC lead, 41-6.
Hayes galloped to a 17-yard touchdown run early in the second half to extend the Panther lead to 48-6, with 7:32 on the clock.
Dickey added a 30-yard scramble for a touchdown on a busted play at the end of the third quarter to push the SMC advantage to 54-6.
Tyler Brynds added a late 25-yard field goal to further cushion the lead.
Colgan finishes off its regular season with a 7 p.m. matchup at Uniontown on Oct. 28.
-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.