Pleasantville’s Hunter Tyree had a night that high school football players dream of Friday night when the Trojans squared off against the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets. The speedy Trojan senior accounted for 24 points in the first 14 minutes of the ballgame and then the Trojans coasted in with a 35-8 season opening victory.
The Rockets won the toss and elected to receive. The Pleasantville defense rose up and forced a punt after three downs. Tyree fielded the punt just beyond mid-field and returned it to the Rocket 39, giving the Trojans a short field.
Owen Worthington found Gauge Van Haalen for 13 yards and a first down on the opening play of the drive. Tyree carried for four consecutive times and capped the drive with a slashing 18-yard dash to the end zone. Kyle Amendt split the uprights for the PAT and the Trojans led 7-0 with 7:53 left the first period.
The Rockets began a drive deep in their own territory moved the ball to their own 36 before the drive stalled.
On the punt attempt, Pleasantville’s Evan Mann blasted through the center of the Rocket line and smothered the punt. The Trojans recovered the ball on the Rocket six and on the first play, Tyree pounded across the goal line. Amendt’s kick was good for a 14-0 Pleasantville lead.
It didn’t take long for the Trojans to strike again as the defense led by Chaz Clark, Tathan Clark, Amendt, Van Haalen and Tyree slammed the door on the Rockets again and forced a punt. The punt was a short one and Tyree hauled it in and jitterbugged for 34 yards to score the third Trojan touchdown in three and one half minutes. Amendt’s kick was good and the Trojans led 21-0 with 4:37 left in the first quarter.
EBF finally got a drive together and moved the ball to the Trojan 13 early in the second stanza. On second down Rocket quarterback, Trey Moore, had a receiver in the end zone, but Tyree stepped in front of him at the five and swiped the football. Tyree blazed down the left sideline for 95 yards and a touchdown. The PAT kick was wide and with 10:55 remaining in quarter number two, the Trojans had a 27-0 lead.
Once more the Pleasantville defense was rock solid and the punt was short. The Trojans took advantage of the short field and drove 51 yards in six plays to score again. The drive was capped by a one yard plunge by fullback, Max Hinners. The PAT kick failed and the lead was now 33-0.
It appeared that Tyree was going into the end zone again when he fumbled the ball. In the melee that followed the Rockets got the ball and then fumbled it back into the end zone where they fell on the ball for a safety. That exchange gave the Trojans a 35-0 lead at halftime.
The second half was played with a running clock and the Rockets were able to score late in the fourth quarter on a 12 yard pass from Moore to Wyatt Klyn. Moore ran for the two points setting the final score at 35-8.
“I’m very pleased with the effort,” Trojan coach Graig Eichenberger said. “The boys put in the work and they played well. I’m very happy with the special teams and the defense. Offensively we executed well and scored several different ways. We had other things we wanted to do, but it was a short game. Our motto for the season is “Stay hungry” and we will be hungry.”
The Trojans will complete their non-district schedule Friday night with a trip to Centerville to take on the Big Red.
Pleasantville Individual Stat Leaders
Rushing: Hunter Tyree 11 for 146, Cale Anthony 11 for 63, Max Hinners 4 for 23, Tathan Clark 5 for 17.
Passing: Owen Worthington 6-of-9 for 48 yards
Receiving: Amendt 3 for 32, Hinners 2 for 15, Van Haalen 1 for 1.
Tackle leaders: (UA, A) Tathan Clark (8-2), Amendt (6-0), Tyree (2-4), Van Haalen (3-1), Chaz Clark (3-0)
Interceptions – Tyree, Worthington
Fumble Recovery – Chaz Clark