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A large first-half deficit proved to be costly for the Elgin Public/Pope John football team in its 68-12 loss to Plainview Friday.
The Pirates jumped out to a quick 18-0 lead after the first quarter and extended their advantage to 32-6 at the half.
The Wolfpack mustered just 187 yards of offense in their third-straight loss. Cory Romej led EPPJ with 71 yards of offense. Kyle Schumacher went two-for-three passing with a touchdown pass to R.J. Lierman and Conor Ramold accumulated 97 yards of total offense and ran for a score.
Adam Dreger and Austin Bauer each recorded six tackles to lead the Wolfpack defense. Dreger and Ramold each recovered a fumble as well.
Elgin Public/Pope John (1-3) travels to Riverside Friday at 7 p.m.