Pella Christian won the battles on the line of scrimmage and what was expected to be a close game became a one-sided affair rather fast Friday night.
The Eagles, playing at home, rolled to a 54-13 win over the Pleasantville Trojans in district action.
The return of Jase Amelse to the Pella Christian lineup was a breath of fresh air as he proved to be tough to bring down.
It was like trying to catch a greased pig at a county fair.
He slipped in and out of tackles gaining 164 yards on 17 carries.
Amelse’s presence helped open up running lanes for Eagle quarterback Dan Jungling who collected 152 yards on 15 attempts.
Jungling was also given ample time to pass as he was 11-of-14 for the night for 103 yards.
Jack Vermeer, Keean Cadwell and Eric Mulder each had three receptions for PC.
The Trojans tried to counter with Cale Anthony. The senior has had a brilliant season. He ran for 115 tough yards on 22 attempts Friday against the Eagles.
The Trojans struggled to find any balance to go with Anthony. The next best total on the stat sheet at the end of the night showed Jake Hiemstra with 54 yards on the ground on 10 attempts.
Pleasantville couldn’t get anything going in the air as quarterback Caylor Clark was 1-of-8 passing for 8 yards.
PC led 14-0 at the close of the first quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run by Jungling and a 3-yard scamper into the end zone by Amelse. PAT kicks by Jack Fancher were both good.
The halftime cushion for PC was 41-6.
The second quarter showed Jungling in the end zone on a 19-yard jaunt, David Willis on a 25-yard run, Amelse from 4-yards and Jungling on an 8-yard run.
Pleasantville put points on the board following the touchdown by Willis, when Tagen Douma took a kickoff the distance for 86-yards. The PAT run for two points failed.
The second half clicked off rather fast with the continuous running clock in place with the 35-point differential.
Jungling connected with Jack Vermeer on an 18-yard touchdown strike to put the tally at 47-6.
Cale Anthony found pay dirt for the Trojans with 31 seconds left in the third on a 6-yard run. The PAT kick by Colby Sandholdt split the uprights to put the score at 47-13.
The final points of the night came 12 seconds into the fourth quarter when the Eagles scored on a 61-yard run by Bennett Spronk. The PAT kick by Ty Hugen made the final 54-13.
Pella Christian had 520 yards of total offense. The Eagles ran for 417 yards on 41 attempts, for a 10 yard average. PC threw for 103 yards.
Pleasantville totaled 197 yards of offense 189 on the ground and 8 in the air.
Leading tacklers for the Trojans were Anthony and Isaac Mann each with 8.5 stops, Kolbie Jarvis 5.5 and Brendan Aldrich with 5.
PC never turned the ball over, while the Trojans lost one fumble.
The PC fumble recovery was by Drew Gettings.
The Geetings recovery set-up the second Eagle score of the night. Making it a short 14-yard drive in two plays.
Top tacklers for PC were Max Wichhart 5.5, Ethan Milligan 5, Geetings and Spronk with 4 each and Luke Mulder with 3.5 stops.
Pella Christian improved to 2-4 overall and to 2-0 in district play.
The Trojans slipped to 4-2 and to 1-1 in the district.
Pleasantville travels to Woodward to face the Woodward-Granger Hawks (4-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Eagles will make the trip to Colfax to face the Colfax-Mingo Tiger-Hawks (2-4) at 7 p.m. Friday.
On tap for Friday, Oct. 18 which marks the Trojans’ home game against the Interstate-35 Roadrunners is the Trojans “Pink Out Game,” with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. in the Class 1A District 7 contest.
Pleasantville will also be at home Ocet. 25 to end the regular season.