BLUFFTON — Pandora-Gilboa used the big play to defeat Bluffton 27-9 in non-league action Friday night.

The Rockets had three scoring plays of 60 yards or better in defeating the Pirates. This was the first contest between the two neighboring villages since 1965. Both teams are 1-1 on the season.

Bluffton drew first blood when they scored on a safety as the Rockets tried to punt from their own endzone. After forcing a Pirate punt, the Rockets struck for their first big play of the game.

Slias Schmenk and Bryce Basinger combined for the big play as they hooked up on a 67 yard scoring pass. With the extra point, the Rockets had a 7-2 lead.

P-G scored just before the half when Schmenk and Sam Burkholder hooked up on a 60 yard scoring pass with three seconds left in the half. With the extra point, P-G had a 14-2 lead.

The only Rocket scoring play that didn't cover 60 yards came on their first possession of the second half when Schmenk rushed for a seven yard touchdown. P-G finished their scoring with 36 seconds left in the third quarter when Schmenk found Walker Macke with a 63 yard scoring pass and a 27-2 Rocket lead as the extra point failed.

Tucker Neff scored on a 10 yard run for Bluffton in the fourth quarter with 7:28 left to play.

The Rockets defense played well all night as they limited the Pirates to 134 yards of offense, five passing and 129 rushing. P-G finished with 438 yards of offense, 281 passing and 157 rushing.

Schmenk was 12-of-22 passing for 281 yards with the three scores and he threw two interceptions. Macke led the P-G receivers with two catches for 79 yards, while Basinger had two catches for 74 yards and Burkholder two catches for 72 yards. Burkholder rushed for 79 yards and Schmenk rushed for 66 yards.

Bluffton quarterback Nate Schaadt was 2-of-7 passing for five yards and he rushed for 49 yards on 20 carries. Neff rushed for 48 yards on 15 carries.