Rivalry week ends with Polson sweep
POLSON — The Polson Lady Pirates opened rivalry week on Thursday evening with a 3-2 five set volleyball victory over the Ronan Maidens while the Polson Pirates completed the sweep on the gridiron Friday night with a 62-8 rout over the Ronan Chiefs.
In Ronan, Northwestern A conference rivals Lady Pirates and Maidens battled back and forth in a cross-valley volleyball match with the Lady Pirates coming out on top 3-2 (23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 15-25, 15-11) over the Maidens.
The previously undefeated Maidens jumped out early in the match by taking the first set 25-23 but gave up the next two sets narrowly to the Lady Pirates 27-25, 25-23.
With the Lady Pirates up 2-1, the Maidens controlled the fourth set 25-15 sending the match into the fifth and decisive set. The Lady Pirates prevailed 15-11 winning both the set and match.
“The game didn’t end how we wanted but we played hard. Maiden effort was there, just wasn’t in a focused or disciplined way,” said Ronan Maiden head coach Lacey Phelan. “Polson played a great game. They were scrappy and served us off the court.”
Olivia Clairmont booked 21 kills and five blocks to pace the Maidens while Reina Cordova posted 25 digs and four aces. Rylie Lindquist added 25 digs on the night.
“I felt good about our offense, especially from Olivia Clairmont, we just couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm often enough,” said coach Phelan. “We saw a small piece of our tempo in the fourth set, but it wasn’t consistent enough to get ahead in the fifth game.”
For the Lady Pirates, Camilla Foresti led with 33 digs, four aces, and 10 kills followed by Liz Tolley with 33 digs, seven kills and four blocks.
Also for the Lady Pirates, McKenna Hanson posted 25 digs and seven kills, while Kamdyn Burrough served 7 aces.
Under the lights Friday night, junior quarterback Jarrett Wilson led the Pirates to a 62-8 victory over the visiting Chiefs, throwing for 370 yards and six touchdowns.
Wilson completed 28 of 39 passes with no interceptions, rushing for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Pirate wide receivers Xavier Fisher and Dawson Dumont each caught two touchdown passes apiece.
With the Pirates up 35-0 after two quarters, both teams returned to the field after halftime to a mercy rule running clock.
The Pirates defense held Ronan’s offense scoreless through three quarters of play before the Chiefs scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Friday’s lopsided victory moves the Pirate’s to 3-2 overall in the rivalry series which was rekindled back in the 2017 season when the then Class B Chiefs rejoined the Northwestern A Conference after a more than eight-season absence.