Pleasant Ridge post 26 first half points to dominate Oskaloosa 44-6.
From the start Friday, the Pleasant Ridge football team was in full control over Oskaloosa.
The Rams found the end zone early and then often as it cruised to a 44-6 victory, the team’s first of the season.
“We made some changes, we stopped shooting ourselves in the foot and finally showed what we can do,” said PR coach Pat McCollim following the first win of his head coaching career.
Ridge’s Nick Holmes took the field for the first time as quarterback, managing to rush for 117 yards, including a 39-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown in the third quarter. That strike put the Rams up 38-0 after the home team had built a 26 point lead in the first half.
The teammate he replaced, Blake Graham, also had a standout game of his own with one touchdown reception, a 13-yard strike from Holmes to open the game’s scoring, and an interception. As for the change of quarterbacks, McCollim felt Holmes did a better job of protecting the ball.
Riley Camp, in his first year on the Ram squad, scored two touchdowns in the first half and another in the third quarter, garnering a new nickname throughout the stands as the “Touchdown Machine.” McCollim praised his new player, saying that he looks for contact, which is what you want in a fullback.
“It was definitely fun and I am ready to keep this going,” Camp said. “Next week they better watch out because I’m coming.”
It wasn’t just the offensive players that got into the scoring action for Pleasant Ridge. Right before halftime Oskaloosa forced a PR fumble, but on the next play the Rams’ defense managed to capture a safety. Defensively Kyle Grantham showed his talents with two fumble recoveries, one of which led to another PR score.
Up 44-0 late in the fourth, Luis Rodriguez finally put Oskaloosa on the board with a 78-yard run, but the night already belonged the Rams.
Holmes finished the contest with 117 yards rushing while Camp had 104 and Graham added 96.
Friday Pleasant Ridge, 1-2, will host rival Immaculata, 2-1, at 7 p.m. to celebrate their homecoming.