The offensive fireworks in Pacific came too late to keep up with Festus.
The football Tigers improved to 5-2 with a 32-14 win in Week 7 on the road at Pacific (1-6).
Festus scored twice in the first half on touchdown runs by Austin Anderson and Jack Robinson and a two-point conversion by Anderson to take a 14-0 lead into the intermission.
A second long touchdown run by Anderson and one by Chalmer Brickhaus extended that lead to 26 points after three quarters.
“Festus was tough to stop,” Pacific Head Coach Clint Anderson said. “They have multiple quality ball carriers and are very strong up front on both sides of the ball. We had a very difficult time controlling the line of scrimmage. We were not able to get their offense off the field most of the night. Granted, we did have some fundamental breakdowns in our execution of the defensive game plan and some of our kids were trying to do too much and they put themselves out of position.”
The Tigers held Pacific at zero points until the final quarter when quarterbacks Colton Thompson and Matt Austin both recorded rushing scores for the Indians.
“Offensively, it was another night of too many undisciplined mistakes,” Anderson said. “We got a couple decent drives going early in the game only to have them fizzle as a result of a penalty or a bad snap.”
In between the Pacific scores, Jayden Rystrom added a 40-yard touchdown run, the final Festus score of the night.
Thompson and Austin combined for 111 yards passing in the contest.
Thompson completed 7-21 passes for 93 yards and Austin went 1-6 for 18 yards.
Thompson led the team in rushing with 48 yards on 13 carries. Austin carried seven times for 28 yards.
Running back Josh Rash carried five times for 33 yards and caught one pass for no gain.
Grant Hall made two catches for 48 yards.
Parker Kuelker caught two passes for 30 yards and gained 11 yards on one carry.
Nathan Midkiff pulled in two passes for 20 yards.
Trenton Johnson made 13 yards on one catch.
Trevor Hill picked up 11 yards on five carries.
Robert Schmidt made one carry for one yard.
“Offensively, Max Meadows had another great game at right guard,” Anderson said. “He is a high-energy, tenacious blocker who uses his speed, athleticism and leverage to defeat a lot of defenders.”
On defense, the Indians forced one turnover on a Jacob Bachelor interception.
Jackson Roloff led the team in tackles with eight solo stops and two assists.
“Defensively, Jackson Roloff had a really nice game, coming down from the safety spot to make several tackles on some tough Festus runners,” Anderson said.
Sam Williams was next with seven tackles.
Hill and Meadows each made four stops with Hill recording two assists and Meadows one.
Jeremiah Murray, Rash, Schmidt and Bachelor each made three tackles. Murray was credited with one assist.
Liam Sitek made two tackles with one assist. Tyler Martin and Midkiff each recorded two tackles.
Andrew Weston and Hall made one tackle each.
The Indians play their penultimate conference game of the season on the road against the Hermann Bearcats (2-5) in Week 8.
Hermann currently stands at 0-4 in the conference while Pacific holds one FRC win from a 28-21 showing at home against Owensville in Week 6. The Dutchmen defeated Hermann, 34-29, at Owensville in Week 5.
The Bearcats are coming off a 36-6 loss at St. Clair on homecoming night in Week 7.