Pleasant Ridge stays hot, pounds I-Mac

By Jason Strickland The Leavenworth Times
Posted: September 28, 2013 - 12:17 AM



Pleasant Ridge prides itself on ball control, but big plays by the offense and defense gave the Rams a 44-6 win at Immaculata Friday night.

Rams sophomore quarterback Nick Holmes had two touchdown runs of 80 yards or more, a 32-yard touchdown run and a long interception return for a score.

“We talked a lot about staying on your blocks and blocking to the whistle,” said Rams head coach Pat McCollim. “That’s what opens up things for Nick and Blake (Graham) and Kyle Grantham down field. Those guys keep climbing to the next level.”

Holmes ended up with 235 yards and three touchdowns off only 10 carries.

Sophomore linebacker Robert McManigle got his hands on the football by intercepting a Justin Varney pass off a tip in the red zone and retuning it all the way to the Immaculata 2-yard line.

Senior running back Jason Simonis got it into the end zone on the next play for his second touchdown on the night.

He got the game started with a score from the 1-yard line on the opening drive.

Simonis had 27 yards and the two scores.

Senior Blake Graham stopped another threatening Raiders drive by intercepting a pass in the end zone and returning it to their own 10-yard line.

That turnover led to the 83-yard touchdown run by Holmes to make it 44-0 with 2:34 left in the first half.