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Pioneers' offense finally unites in conference win

FOOTBALL-Six offensive scores leads to runaway victory
by: Kris Anderson Pioneer wide receiver Nick Yungeberg tries to juke Kingsmen defensive back Kolleh Mitchell on his way to the end zone.

Following their loss to St. Helens, the Sandy Pioneers were scrambling to reconfigure an offense that was not amounting to their preseason vision.

They believed that points rested in the run-and-shoot offense, which would spread apart opposing defenses, giving the running game room to breathe and an ability to stretch the field.

In their third game with the new offense, the run amok Pioneers' offense spent the night demoralizing the Rex Putnam secondary, as quarterback Justin Adams racked up 297 passing yards, five passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

The offensive frenzy, which helped the Pioneers (2-3, 1-2) earn their first conference win of the season in a 53-27 victory over the Kingsmen (2-3, 1-2), hopes to be an indication of the cohesion within the new system.

'We were a little confused at first,' Adams said, 'but now it's all starting to come together. It's just clicking. Receivers know what to do. It's finally starting to come together. Everyone knows what they're supposed to be doing.'

This season has been a battle between Adams and his receivers to operate on the same wavelengths. Facing a team ranked fourth in the league in points allowed entering Friday, the Pioneers didn't have reservations about sending their receivers into a different zip code.

Nick Yungberg had four receptions for 133 yards and three touchdowns, including ones of 60 yards and 35 yards. Ryan Cargill also got into the fun with four receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Look for full coverage in the Oct. 5 edition of The Sandy Post.