The Pleasantville Trojan football team shined in their 2019 home debut with 457 yards of total offense en route to a 45-7 win over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (EBF) Friday night.
“Our guy splayed awesome again tonight,” Head Coach Mack Jorth said. “Aggressive, capable of making plays all over.”
Things did not start out well for Pleasantville, as the opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown and a 7-0 EBF lead. No one knew that would be the end of scoring for the Rockets.
Unshaken, Pleasantville worked their way 60 yards to paydirt. Junior Caylor Clark connected with sophomore Bristol Huyck for the 13-yard touchdown to tie it up.
Following some strong defensive work, senior Cale Anthony gained many of his 257 rushing yards on the before wrapping up the drive with a touchdown. The point after was missed, but the Trojans were up 13-7.
On third down of EBF’s ensuing drive, senior Hunter Oliva picked off the quarterback and ran it back 18 yards to set the Trojans up on the EBF 37.
The Trojans were unable to capitalize on the turnover and went into the second with a 13-7 lead.
A little over a minute into the second quarter, Anthony scored his second rushing touchdown to put the Trojans up 19-7. Oliva got another pick on the ensuing EBF drive, which was called back due to a roughing the passer call.
Pleasantville’s next drive was capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Isaac Mann. Mann had 92 yards on the night. His score brought the Trojans to a 25-7 lead.
Special teams for the Trojans flew on the ensuing kickoff to stop EBF and bury them at their own 10. Anthony immediately picked off the EBF quarterback and returned it for another Trojan touchdown. At halftime, the Trojans were up 32-7.
Defense continued to dominate EBF in the third. Anthony scored two more touchdowns in the quarter, including a 46-yard run within the last minute to go into the fourth with the final score of 45-7. The continuous clock allowed the Trojans to quietly finish off the Rockets and get their second win of the season.
“These guys play with such class,” Jorth added. “Our defense is phenomenal.”
Anthony, who had five touchdowns in the game and 5.5 total tackles, called this a great team win. He gave all the credit for his offensive totals to the line, and especially Tagen Douma.
Junior Matthew Kauffman and senior Brady Wiseman each had a sack in the game. Nearly every Trojan defender had at least one tackle. Senior Wyatt Clark had five.
The Trojans next host Earlham Friday night.