By Paul Lecker
AUBURNDALE – Pittsville jumped out to a 22-point lead in the first half and went on to defeat Auburndale 29-8 in a Marawood Conference football game Friday night at Auburndale High School.
The win keeps Pittsville’s WIAA playoff hopes alive as it improves to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the Marawood. Auburndale drops to 3-4 and 2-3 in the conference.
Pittsville must beat Stratford in its final game of the season to clinch a playoff spot, while the Apaches have to beat Stratford at home next week and beat Marathon in the finale on the road to make it to the postseason for the fourth year in a row.
Colten Ortner returned a punt for a touchdown just 1:06 into the game and Alec Kolar ripped off touchdown runs of 71 and 74 yards to put the Panthers up 22-0 by halftime.
Kurt Jankowski scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 5:35 to go in the game for the Apaches’ only score.
Auburndale was held to 207 yards of total offense, 139 coming on the ground from Jankowski. The Apaches recovered three Pittsville fumbles but were unable to do anything with them.
Kolar finished with 213 yards rushing for Pittsville.
Auburndale hosts Stratford on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Panthers 29, Apaches 8
Pittsville 16 6 0 7 – 29
Auburndale 0 0 0 8 – 8
P – Colten Ortner punt return (Paul Downs run), 10:54.
P – Alec Kolar 71 run (Downs run), 4:51.
P – Kolar 74 run (PAT failed), 4:54.
P – Jacob Allind 10 pass from Downs (Downs kick), 7:35.
A – Kurt Jankowski 5 run (Ert pass from Aaron Willfahrt), 5:35.
First downs: Pittsville 9; Auburndale 11.
Rushing (yards): Pittsville 217; Auburndale 196
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Pittsville 9-12-75-0; Auburndale 3-17-7-0.
Penalties (no.-yards): Pittsville 4-38; Auburndale 7-40.
Fumbles (total-lost): Pittsville 3-3; Auburndale 1-1.
Punting (no.-avg.): Pittsville 3-29.3; Auburndale 9-20.8 (one blocked).
Rushing: P, Alec Kolar 23-213, Paul Downs 6-11. A, Kurt Jankowski 24-139, Aaron Willfahrt 14-42, Ryan Isaacson 6-7, Nathan Engelbright 3-minus 7.
Passing: P, Downs 9-12-75-0. A, Isaacson 3-14-7-0, Willfahrt 0-2-0-0, Jankowski 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: P, Jake Neve 4-35, Jacob Allind 3-28, Kody Kauth 1-8, Kolar 1-4. A, Willfahrt 2-11, Jankowski 1-minus 4.
Records: Pittsville 3-4, 3-3 Marawood Conference; Auburndale 3-4, 2-3 Marawood Conference.