Atchison tops Pleasant Ridge

By Melissa Renahan The Leavenworth Times
Posted: August 31, 2012 - 11:08 PM

The stage for was set and wet for the Pleasant Ridge Rams’ home-opener Friday night against the Atchison Redmen, but unfortunately the outcome was not worthy of a PR celebration.

This game was also the debut of Pat McCollim as Ridge’s new head coach and junior Blake Graham in the starting quarterback role.

The game got off to a rocky start for the Rams after the first possession was fumbled and Atchison recovered the ball.

Throughout the first quarter offensive penalties, namely a bevy of false starts, plagued the Rams allowing the Redmen to gain good field position and score twice.

At the close of the first quarter, PR had their biggest play of the game when Graham threw a 64-yard pass to Nate Amos with just 10.3 seconds left. Their two-point conversion attempt failed.

Entering the second quarter, Amos showed up on defense with a big tackle but once PR got the ball back, there was yet another penalty, sending PR back five yards.

Even with repeated steady drives, PR was unable to convert the progress into points.

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