Pleasant Ridge opens season with win
By Scott Lavelock The Leavenworth Times
Easton, Kan. — Ripe with new faces all over the field, a young Pleasant Ridge football team rebounded from a slow start and turned in several big plays to begin their defense of the Delaware Valley League South title with a 20-14 win over Jefferson County North Friday.
Pleasant Ridge head coach Chris Powers said he was happy with the way his players responded after a few mistakes in the early-going against a team he expects to be near the top of the DVL South this season.
He said they were able to make up for some mistakes and inexperience with the athleticism of their skill-position players, and he saw enough promise in his offensive line — which returns only one starter from last year — to believe they will be solid this season.
“What happened tonight is exactly what I kind of thought,” Powers said. “We have enough athletes running around … and I think they did a good job.”
With a slew of players making their first varsity starts, PR was sluggish at the beginning and gained only seven total yards of offense to JCN’s 62 in the first quarter. The Rams’ only first down of the quarter actually came via a broken play, as Dalton Warden picked up a bad snap while back to punt and improvised a pass play to Cody Heim.
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