Pewamo-Westphalia overcame a 14-point first-quarter deficit to defeat Decatur 26-21 on Saturday, earning its second straight Division 7 regional championship.
Quarterback Kyle Nurenberg threw for 175 yards and all four touchdowns as the Pirates, who finished second in Division 7 last season, earned a spot in next week’s semifinals against Ishpeming (11-1). The time and site are yet to be determined.
“Kyle did a great job with both his feet and his arm,” Pirates coach Brad Weber said. “Today it was a pretty even match across the trenches and we asked him to throw the ball around and get it into the hands of our playmakers.”
Wide receiver Lane Simon was the main playmaker as he caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
After being down by two scores going into the second quarter, Weber said he didn’t tell his team to do anything different.
“We just kept doing what we do,” he said. “Our guys never panicked.”
The Pirates (10-3) outscored Decatur (8-4) 14-7 in the second quarter as Nurenberg had scoring passes of 30 yards to Simon and 23 yards to Clayton Platte.
The P-W defense then didn’t allow a point the rest of the way, while Nurenberg added touchdown passes of 41 yards to Simon and 15 yards to Nathan Nurenberg — both in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates finished with 105 yards rushing, including 50 each from Kyle Nurenberg and Jered Myszak.