It got to a point Friday night where the Pleasant Ridge football team simply did not have answer for Silver Lake’s Peter Pfannenstiel.
The 5-foot 11-inch tailback blew open the duo’s contest Friday night with back-to-back-to-back kick returns for touchdowns, pacing the visiting Eagles to a 58-7 blowout of the Rams. The loss dropped PR to 5-3 overall, 0-2 in districts and extended its current losing streak to three straight.
“I don’t know what to say about punt return after punt return after punt return,” PR head coach Chris Powers said. “It got pretty frustrating. We had a great first half, forced them to punt and then just didn’t cover the punts. It was like boom, boom, boom.”
Even before Pfannenstiel’s hat trick of returns, the game started unfavorably for the Rams. After receiving the kick off and punting three plays later, PR watched Silver Lake cover 54 yards in four plays, the last being a 20-yard touchdown strike from Dailin Kruger to Dawson DeShazo.
The Rams’ offensive struggles were just starting as the team would punt, turn the ball over on downs, punt and fumble on its next four possessions. Yet while the PR attack sputtered, its defense kept the game close. Following the opening score, Silver Lake fumbled the ball once and threw an interception to Ridge’s Dalton Warden. The turnovers helped keep the score 7-0 at the first quarter’s end.
“We came out in the beginning of the game not really thinking we had a chance,” Powers said. “We got on the field, started playing and I think we realized that we could play with them.”