A fast start and a big lead through one quarter was the difference as the Korah Colts booked a spot in the junior high school football final next week at Superior Heights.
A 29-7 lead through one quarter lifted the Colts to a 56-13 win over the St. Mary’s Knights on Thursday night at Superior Heights.
With the win, the Colts move on to face the Superior Heights Steelhawks in the city final next Thursday in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Superior Heights.
Superior Heights was scheduled to face White Pines on Friday night in the other junior semifinal, but the Wolverines forfeited the game on Thursday.
The city final will be a meeting of the top two teams in the junior loop.
The Steelhawks finished first with a 5-1 record. The Colts also finished the regular season at 5-1 but finished second due to a tiebreaker.
The two teams met last week with Korah beating Superior Heights 43-20.
Superior Heights beat Korah earlier in the season.
On Thursday against St. Mary’s, the Colts ran for five touchdowns while picking up two other majors by air in the win.
Wes Pomeroy lone run of the day was a 70-yard run for a touchdown in the opening quarter. Cole Barbeau had 67 yards rushing on five carries, which included a 32-yard touchdown run.
Tyson Cote ran for a five-yard touchdown while Owen Allen had a 43-yard touchdown run and Dante Scaglione ran for a 12-yard major.
Elijah Plastino caught a 20-yard pass for a touchdown while Austin Schwartz-Montgomery had a 29-yard touchdown catch.
Owen Trecartin had a fumble recovery in the opening quarter that he ran 12 yards in for a touchdown for the Colts.
Daniel Bumbaco, on an 80-yard pass-and-run, and Adam Morgenstern, on a 67-yard run after taking a lateral from Kyle Scarfone on the final play of the game, had touchdowns for the Knights.
Morgenstern had 102 yards on the ground for the Knights while Bumbaco had 111 yards on six catches.
Defensively for Korah, Plastino and Kaden Juma had three tackles each.
Kevin Elie had six tackles and an assisted tackle for St. Mary’s.
In senior football, St. Mary’s is set to face Superior Heights on Friday in semifinal action. Friday’s winner will advance to the senior city final next week against Korah, who earned a spot in the game thanks to finishing in first.