The Pleasantville Trojans had a lot going on last week when they played host to the Interstate-35 Roadrunners.
The district contest was held on an evening the Trojans held their “Cancer Crusher” event and it was the “Pink Out,” contest.
Toss in the fact the game was the Channel 5 TV, Blitz Game of the Week, it was a heavy dose of press clippings for the Trojans.
Pleasantville trailed the Roadrunners early on 18-7 before rallying to claim a 21-18 advantage late in the third quarter.
The Trojans weren’t able to hold off the Roadrunners, who lived up to their nickname by racing forward for a hard earned 38-27 win.
Injuries have held the Trojans back late in the season. Pleasantville struggled in the punting game with players out of the lineup.
With 4:57 left in the opening quarter I-35 claimed a quick 6-0 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jack Smith. the PAT two-point try failed.
A pass interception by Caylor Clark set up the Trojans at the Roadrunner 22.
Faced with a fourth and four yards to go situation. The Trojans were successful as Clark hit sophomore Bristol Huyck on a 7-yard gain.
Another fourth down call saw the Trojans punch the ball into the end zone with a strong run by Clark. The PAT kick by Colby Sandholt was good and the Trojans led 7-6.
The next time the Trojans got the ball back, the punt was blocked and I-35 was in business at the PHS 5.
Logan Cassady capped off the short drive with a 5-yard scamper to the end zone for a 12-7 I-35 advantage .
Turnovers by each team late in the half left the score 12-7 at intermission.
Kit Lundy recovered a fumble for the Trojans and Cassady picked off a Trojan pass.
Pleasantville’s defense came up big at the end of the half as they held the Roadrunners without a point at the Trojan 6. Time ran out and the Roadrunners were out of timeouts.
Early in the third quarter Cassady ran 66 yards for a score to put I-35 in charge 18-7.
Pleasantville’s Cale Anthony answered the call for the Trojans by rambling 59 yards for a score with 9:52 left in the third to cut the deficit to 18-14 with the Sandholt PAT.
With time running out in the third, Anthony again barreled into the end zone from 7-yards out to put the Trojans on top 21-18.
With just 38 seconds left in the third this topsy turvy affair went in favor of I-35 as they reclaimed the lead 24-21 on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Joey Bregar to Carter Bussanmas.
A long pass put I-35 in the shadow of the end zone again. Bregar scored on a 6-yard run with 7:32 left for a 31-21 advantage.
The final dagger came when the Roadrunners scored on a run by Smith from 3-yards away with 3:21 left to make the final tally for I-35 at 38 points.
Pleasantville scored late as Anthony found the end zone on a 14-yard run to make the final 38-27. The last score came with 1:13 left.
I-35 was led by Bregar going 4-of-8 passing for 101 yards. Logan Cassady added 154 yards rushing on 12 attempts.
The Roadrunners race for five touchdowns on the ground and they added one in the air.
Anthony continued his hard charging assault with 180 yards rushing on 37 carries for PHS.
Next came Caylor Clark with 56 yards on 13 attempts.
Clark was 4-of-11 passing for 37 yards.
Tagen Douma, Huyck, Isaac Mann and Sandholt each caught one pass for PHS.
Leading the way on the Trojan tackle charts were Anthony with 5 stops, Mann with 5.5 and Hunter Oliva with 4.
Clark picked off an I-35 pass and Kit Lundy recored a Roadrunner fumble.
Trojan Coach Mack Jorth told his team, “We fell a little short. Teams that make the fewest mistakes normally wins the game. I’m proud of you guys because you battled your tails off.”
Jorth was especially pleased with the Trojan goal line stand at the end of the first half, that resulted in no I-35 points.
Odds and Ends
Jasmine Fowler, a 14-year old ninth grader was recognized before the game for what she has endured battling cancer.
Some proceeds from the game will go to the Bell family, Perry and Lisa, who are Jasmine’s legal guardians, to help defray costs of the health care.
Pleasantville slipped to 4-4 overall and I-35 moved to 5-3 with the win.
Pleasantville will look to snap a 3-game losing skid as they end the season against Woodward Academy Friday evening in Pleasantville. Kickoff for the district contest is 7 p.m.