Last year this game was one of the best I saw and leading into Thursday's game, the hype was there. Two high powered offenses led by division-one quarterbacks. In the end it was Pinnacle that would beat Horizon 52-35 and clinch a playoff birth and at least a share of the section title.
The two high octane offenses actually stalled in their opening series. Horizon went 3 and out and punted. But the ball hit a Pinnacle player and Horizon recovered with great field position. The Huskies could capitalize, turning the ball over on downs.
Pinnacle followed suite with a 3 and out. Horizon took over at the 45 and scored the first points of the game on a Nick Paogofie run. 7-0 Horizon.
Pinnacle still couldn't find their rhythm, going 3 and out again. But their defense came up with their first of four turnovers on the night when Justin Mandrola recovered a fumble. Brian Lewerke found Adam Turner from 43 yards out on the first play and tied it at 7.
Another Horizon turnover led to Pinnacle points on the very next drive. Attempting to punt the ball away, Horizon's snap went over the punter's head and Harris Scoville recovered to put Pinnacle up 14-7.
It didn't take long for Horizon to tie it back up. Dalton Sneed hooked up with Nick Lylyk on a 60 yrd bomb to even it up at 14.
The rest of the half was all Pinnacle though as the Pioneers rattled of 17 unanswered points. Gage Emmerling hit a 37 yard field and Lewerke found Cules Rose for 2 scores to put Pinnacle up 31-14 at halftime.
Horizon was able to cut the lead to 31-21 on a Sneed TD run at the start of the second half but 10 points would be as close as they would get.
Lewerke found Rose for the third time to push Pinnacle's lead back to 17 points. Horizon made it 10 again on a Sneed to Julian Carter TD pass. 38-28 after three quarters of play.
Two fourth quarter scores would seal the game for Pinnacle. Dru Dixon ran in from a few yards out and Lewerke found Rose for the fourth time in the game.
Sneed ran in a late score for Horizon but the damage was done.
Final- Pinnacle 52 Horizon 35
I thought Pinnacle did a good job of pressuring Sneed but the key factor in this game was the four turnovers that Horizon had. Can't beat good teams like Pinnacle turning it over that much.
I thought Pinnacle's defense played well but you have to give the game ball to Brian Lewerke and Cules Rose. Lewerke, playing with a broken finger, had 5 TD passes. Four of them to Rose who also had over 200 yards in the air.
Game Recap: Pinnacle v. Horizon
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