Trojans hold off the Raiders to win 33-20

Owen Worthington

After holding off a pesky Mount Ayr Raider football team on the road last Friday night 33-20, the moment has finally arrived.

Pleasantville and Pella Christian will tighten up the shoelaces and go at Friday night in Pleasantville to determine, who will be the last one standing in Class 1A District 5.

Pleasantville and Pella Christian are both 6-0 overall and 4-0 in district play.

Both teams were playoff bound in 2016 and appear to be headed in that direction again this year.

Pella Christian enters the contest ranked No. 3 in 1A by the Associated Press while the Pleasantville Trojans are ranked No. 6.

The Des Moines Register has Pleasantville ranked ahead of the Eagles.

More on the game that is next on the schedule.

The Trojans arrived at 6-0 with a solid effort against Mount Ayr, after a lengthy road trip to southern Iowa.

Owen Worthington tossed three touchdown passes in the game as he was 13-of-21 passing for 198 yards.

Hunter Tyree provided the balance for the offense by rushing for 188 yards on 36 totes of the ball.

The Pleasantville defense and special teams did what was necessary and the Trojans are 6-0.

Pleasantville built a lead of 27-13 at halftime and they coasted from there.

Worthington’s three touchdown passes were to Gauge Van Haalen from 14 yards and two to Colton Major, the longest from 34 yards away.

Major caught five passes in the game for 109 yards. Van Haalen also hauled in five receptions for 42 yards.

Tyree added two touchdowns on the ground. His longest scoring run was 38 yards from the goal line.

Mount Ayr struggled to find much running room in the contest. The Raiders’ leading rusher was Zach Murphy with 29 yards on 10 carries.

The Raiders scored on a 8-yard run by Keelan Kloommhaus and an 11-yard touchdown pass from Dawson Frost to Bradley Wurster.

The big play of the game for Mount Ayr was an electrifying 84-yard kickoff return by Hunter Haveman.

Defensive leaders for Pleasantville on the tackle charts were Tyree with 7 stops, Evan Mann 5.5, Worthington 5, Tathan Clark, Cale Anthony and Van Haalen each had 4.5 tackles.

Trojan head coach Graig Eichenberger stated, “I think the difference in the game was that the kids believed they would win and they did. Mount Ayr played a tough physical game. I think the senior leadership we have just did what they do.”

In looking ahead to Friday, Eichenberger replied, “The PC game is going to be fun, that's why you train and work all off season is for games like this. I think the kids will be ready and we are looking forward to it, it should be a lot of fun.”

Kickoff for the Pleasantville and PC contest is slated for 7 p.m.

The rest of the season has the Trojans back at home to face the Woodward-Granger Hawks Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

The final week of the 2017 season has Pleasantville on the road against Central Decatur.

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