Last Friday night was a very good game for the Pleasantville Trojans, as they soundly defeated the Lynnville-Sully Hawks 45-14 on the back of Cale Anthony, who had the biggest game of his high school career with five rushing touchdowns and 339 yards on the ground. Those achievements helped him be named KCCI’s Athlete of the Week, but it also produced a new challenge for Head Coach Mack Jorth.
“We won’t be able to sneak Cale Anthony up on anyone this year so that is just something that goes into the structure of your offense and game plans,” Jorth said. “We will continue to try to do what we do to the best of our ability and when a defense concentrates a lot of their efforts on one man, you have to have other guys step up and make some plays and I feel very confident that we have guys that can do that.”
Last season, the Trojans lost to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 17-13. The Rockets come to Pleasantville off a 24-20 win over East Marshall.
“Practice has been a little different this week – with the holiday and JV game on Tuesday we have had to adjust a little bit, but the kids have handled it well and they have done a good job preparing themselves to take the next step,” Jorth continued. “That is what we are looking for in game 2 – steady improvement in the areas that need addressed. We did a lot of good things last Friday, but as always, there are things we can improve upon and I think the guys have done a good job realizing this and staying focused on improving them.”
The Rockets had only 109 yards of offense last week. Outside of Anthony, the Trojans did not approach that number against the Hawks. Defense had four sacks for the Trojans last week.