The Pineville Mountain Lions traveled to Williamsburg on Friday hoping to pull off an upset and put themselves in line for district’s top seed.
Instead, Dalton Ponder had another big night and the Williasmburg defense contained the Lion running game as the Yellow Jackets pulled away for a 44-6 win.
“Williamsburg is definitely a top 5 team, apparently we’re not there yet but it’s goal to get there. They’re a very good team,” Pineville coach Randy Frazier said. “Could we have played much better? Yes, we could have played much better than we did against them. I don’t think we played anywhere near our potential, but at the same time you can’t anything away from the program that Coach Haron has built down there. They do a great job.”
Sophomore Devon Morrs led Pineville with 83 rushing yards and a touchdown on ten carries.
Morris got loose for a 27-yard TD run late in the second quarter to bring the Lions within 28-6, but Williamsburg kept Pineville off the board in the second half and went on to the 44-6 win.
Ponder completed 18 of 27 passes for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 58 yards and a score on eight carries.
Caleb Rose caught seven passes for 112 yards and a touchdown while Devonte Powell had five catces for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
For Pineville, Reece Capps completed three of seven passes for 25 yards. Landon Couch and Braiden Lingar both caught one pass for 12 yards.
Senior running back Colby Frazier ran seven times for 17 yards and Noah Caldwell added 15 yards on four carries.
Frazier led the Pineville defense with 15 total tackles and a forced fumble. Lingar also forced a fumble and Hagan Teague had a recovery.
“We had a good week of practice getting ready for Williamsburg, we just had several mistakes. We blocked the wrong people or didn’t block and that’s what happened. It was just one of those games,” Coach Frazier said. “We just look forward to the opportunity to get to go back down there and give it another shot.”
The Lions will look to bounce back on Friday as they host Harlan for the Battle of 119. It’s Senior Night at Pineville and those festivities will start at 6:45 p.m.