PIERCE — Three straight touchdowns in the fourth quarter allowed Pierce to pull away from Scotus Central Catholic for a 63-32 victory Friday.

Pierce was in control much of the night, leading 28-10 at halftime and 42-24 after the third quarter, but there was still hope for a Shamrocks' comeback entering the final quarter.

The Bluejays quickly put those hopes to bed.

"I think Pierce came out and played inspired football early on and we did not match that," Scotus head coach Tyler Linder said. "Our defense struggled at the very beginning. It was nothing earth-shattering. It was old-school, smash football and they just beat us up front."

Scotus ran for 293 yards in the game, but surrendered 439 to Pierce.

Matt Strecker ran for 85 yards on seven carries, including a 47-yard score in the fourth quarter for the Shamrocks. Zack Beiermann added 82 yards on the ground.

Tyler Palmer, filling in at quarterback for injured Caden Pelan, finished 5 of 15 for 106 yards through the air with two TDs and two interceptions. He added 30 yards rushing and a score.

The loss drops Scotus to 0-3 for the first time since 2010.

"It kills our kids to start 0-3. They know this isn’t what Scotus football is about," Linder said. "I’m just excited to get back to work with these guys. I love coaching them, they're great kids. We just need to go out this week, work hard and get back to our brand of football.”

The path doesn’t get any easier for the Shamrocks, who host Class C-1, No. 2 David City Aquinas next Friday.

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