Pnacek’s big night leads to Coleman win

September 27, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Coleman’s defense forced six turnovers and gave up less than 100 yards Friday night. Its offense was pretty good too, putting up over 40 points in its 42-14 win at Vestaburg in a Mid-State Activities Conference battle.

“Great team win,” head coach Chad Klopf said. “Our offense moved the ball and the defense took it away.”

The Comets opened the scoring less than a minute into the game, getting a five yard run by quarterback Spencer Pnacek. In the second, freshman Jaden Bovee ran in from 36-yards out to make it 12-0 and Pnacek hit Trey Templeman for a 37-yard touchdown pass.

“It was nice Bovee had a break out night in his first full action at running back,” Klopf said. “Even with the winds howling and spinning all night, Spencer did a nice job of putting the ball on his receivers and they made some plays for him. Heck of a night for our senior leader.”

Vestaburg answered by returning the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a score, leaving Coleman ahead 18-8 at the half.

Pnacek did more damage in the third quarter, tossing for touchdowns of 13 and 18 yards to Tyler Germain and he also ran in for a four yard score.

Already ahead 36-8 entering the fourth, Pnacek scored again, this time on a three yard keeper. Vestaburg tacked on the final score of the night with less than two minutes to play on a three yard run.

Pnacek was 16-of-26 passing for 227 yards and three touchdowns and he ran for 81 yards and three touchdowns on 20 attempts. Bovee had 13 rushes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Germain finished with six receptions for 67 yards and two scores and Kam DeVrieze had five receptions for 53 yards. DeVrieze also recovered a pair of fumbles and had an interception and Cooper Cozat recovered one fumble.

“We will need to keep working and fix some mistakes as we hurt ourselves with over 100 yards in penalties,” Klopf said. “We cannot continue to play winning football doing that. It was nice to right the ship and get a big win, but we can only celebrate for the night and get ready for a match-up with Carson City-Crystal.”

Coleman (2-3 overall, 2-1 MSAC) hosts Carson City (5-0, 3-0) tonight (Friday). The Eagles are off to their first 5-0 start since 2013 and coming off a 38-26 win over Montabella last week.

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