Pewamo-Westphalia Advances To State Championship Game With 34-16 Win Over Ubly
Pewamo-Westphalia will be playing in the Division 7 state championship for the second year in a row after the Pirates crushed Ubly 34-16 in Saturday's state semifinal.
But perhaps most impressively, P-W cruised to a comfortable victory over the undefeated Bearcats without the kind of dominant performance from standout running back Jared Smith we've all come to expect.
Smith, who set the MHSAA's single-season rushing record a year ago and came into Saturday's game with 2,400+ this season, ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Those lower-than-normal numbers for Smith are indicative of the Pirates' masterful gameplan, which was to use Smith as a decoy at times to exploit Ubly's defensive attention on him.
To that end, the Pirates mixed up some designed quarterback runs and read-option plays to carve up the Bearcats defense. Quarterbacks Jimmy Lehman and Ryan Smith both provided scores P-W: Lehman finished 3-for-6 passing for 40 yards and added two rushing touchdowns; Ryan Smith went 3-for-6 passing with a scoring stirke and ran for 57 yards on eight carries.
Pewamo-Westphalia raced out to a 34-0 lead in the third quarter before Ubly got on the board. P-W outgained the Bearcats in passing yards 117-0.
The Pirates will face Detroit Loyola (13-0) in the Division 7 state championship game 10 a.m. Saturday at Ford Field. P-W beat Loyola 30-0 in the state semifinal round a season ago, which avenged a 41-21 loss to Loyola in the semifinal round in 2014.
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