NEWELL - Nick Ford fired a 45-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Thompson in the fourth quarter, and it proved to be the game-winning play as Pomeroy-Palmer all but ended Newell-Fonda's playoff hopes with a 20-19 victory in a Class A district game Friday night.
"It was a tough game to lose," Newell-Fonda coach Brian Wilken said. "There's no other way to go about it. I knew going in that the team with the fewer mistakes was going to win and they made fewer mistakes than we did."
Newell-Fonda, now 5-2 overall, scored on its first play from scrimmage when Kyle Stauter connected with Jon Grote for a 70-yard touchdown pass. The extra point failed.
It stayed that way until 5:35 left in the first half when Alex Poppen scored on a 2-yard run.
Pomeroy-Palmer then capitalized on a Newell-Fonda fumble to score its second touchdown. Nick Ford hit Matt Markert for a 22-yard scoring strike, making it 12-6 Knights.
After an hour-plus lightning delay, Newell-Fonda took a 13-12 lead with 55 seconds left in the third quarter when Dustin Sievers ran 29 yards to paydirt.
The third quarter ended when Kyle Doonan recovered a Knights fumble in the end zone to put Newell-Fonda up 19-12.
Ford then hit Thompson for the game-winning touchdown.