The Albia Blue Demons came into Pleasantville and made their presence felt early last Friday night on the football field.
The Blue Demons led 14-6 over the Trojans late in the first quarter.
Pleasantville bounced back to tie the game 14 all with 10:17 left in the opening half.
From that point on, it was all Trojans where it counted most, on the scoreboard. Pleasantville eventually rolled to a large 46-14 win to improve to 3-1 overall. The loss put Albia at 0-4 overall.
Early on the Blue Demons relied on the one-two punch of quarterback Blake Chance and receiver Blake Stewart.
Chance actually hit Luke Bossard on an 8-yard touchdown pass to put the Blue Demons up 7-6.
The Trojans opened the scoring as quarterback Caylor Clark scored from a yard out three minutes into the contest. The PAT kick was no good.
An Albia touchdown strike of 65-yards went to Stewart, who put the Blue Demons on top 14-6 with 1:13 left in the opening quarter.
Pleasantville answered back with an 85-yard touchdown drive. Cale Anthony scored on a 5-yard run for a 14-14 tie following the two point conversion run by Clark.
The Trojans made some defensive adjustments and Albia would not find the end zone the rest of the night.
A pass interception by Caylor Clark with 4:54 left in the half put the Trojans at the Albia 44.A key fourth down pass to Tagen Douma put the Trojans at the Albia 30.
The drive was capped off by Anthony scoring on a 2-yard run with 1:49 left in the half.
The touchdown came after Clark hit Ragan Krichau on a 21-yard pass.
Krichau recovered an Albia fumble at the Blue Demon 25. The fumble was forced on a pay by Brady Wiseman.
Anthony tallied his third touchdown of the opening half on a 4-yard run with 28 seconds left before intermission for a 27-14 advantage.
The third quarter opened with Anthony in the end zone again on a 23-yard run to pay dirt for a commanding 33-14 advantage. The PAT kick was blocked.
The next Trojan score proved to be a back-breaker for Albia. The Trojan defense scored when Cale Anthony stripped the Blue Demon runner of the ball. Anthony rambled 85 yards for the defensive score and a 40-14 score with 5:35 left in the third.
Next was the Kolbie Jarvis Show. Jarvis picked off an Albia pass late in the third quarter.
Jarvis had another interception where he returned the pick into a 55-yard touchdown return with 2 seconds left in the third.
Anthony had his second five touchdown night of the season. He ran for 155 yards on 28 attempts and had four rushing scores.
Clark ran for 67 yards on 10 attempts with one score.
Passing saw Clark hitting 6-of-8 passes for 52 yards.
Isaac Mann and Tagen Douma each snagged three passes for PHS.
On the defensive side of the ball the Trojans picked off four passes and recovered two fumbles, resulting in a pair of scores.
Interceptions were by Jarvis with two, Clark and Gabe Lopez each with one. Anthony and Krichau each stopped Albia with fumble recoveries.
Defensive tackle leaders for the Trojans were Mann with 6.5, Bristol Huyck 4.5, Jake DeJoode 4, Anthony, Douma each with 3 and Lopez with 3.5.
“It was a 14-14 start and we had our backs against the wall. We have a lot of people banged up, but some young people stepped up for us,” stated Trojan Coach Mack Jorth.
“It was a great team win. We need to get healthy,” Jorth said.
“In regard to Cale Anthony, he is a beast. He plays hard and works hard.
The Trojans will face the Colfax-Mingo Tiger-Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. for Homecoming.