After falling behind by three touchdowns in the first half Thursday, Sevastopol’s eight-player football team cut the deficit to four points in the third quarter, but ended up losing its Peninsula Conference opener at home to Gillett, 51-30.
The Pioneers, who trailed 28-8 at halftime, scored their first touchdown in the second quarter on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Logan Schuh to Landon Frank.
Sevastopol opened the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns on a 42-yard run by Schuh followed by a three-yard run by Alex Andreae. Schuh ran in both two-point conversions to trim the Tigers’ lead to 28-24.
Gillett then responded with two touchdowns of its own to extend the lead to 43-24 in the fourth quarter.
Sevastopol scored its final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 44-yard run from Frank, who ended up rushing for 123 yards on 17 carries.
Schuh, who added 85 rushing yards on 13 carries, also completed six of 13 passes for 130 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Pioneers, who dropped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in league play, will seek their first victory in their first road game of the season Sept. 8 against Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas.