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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • 73 yards and a trail of mud: Pleasant Ridge makes playoffs with 42-14 win

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  • A 73-yard touchdown pass from Nick Holmes to Kyle Lansing at the end of the first half led to a dominating 42-14 win for the Pleasant Ridge Rams over Atchison County. “I told Nick you know, ‘Hey, we’ve got one play left, just put some air under it and if they pick it’s just as good as a punt,” head coach Pat McCollim said. “Kyle Lansing made a great play at the ball and that momentum was great.” It made it 20-14 Rams at the break, and two touchdown runs by Kyle Grantham and one by Blake Graham gave the Rams a playoff trip to Rossville on Tuesday. “They take a lot of pride in blocking for each other,” McCollim said about Grantham and Graham. “We’ll watch film on Saturday mornings and they talk a lot to each other about, ‘Hey, great block or come on dude do better.’” The wet an muddy field didn’t keep Pleasant Ridge from moving the ball more in the second half. The Tigers only got the ball twice in the fourth quarter because of a clock melting 12-play touchdown drive by Pleasant Ridge that ended in a 2-yard run by Grantham with 1:32 left in the game. “To get the ball here with about eight minutes left and to put together a six minute drive is exactly where we want to be with this offense,” McCollim said. The Rams took the ball to the Tigers’ 10-yard line to start the second half, but Holmes fumbled it. Pleasant Ridge would force a three-and-out on the ensuing drive and Graham scored from seven yards out on the Rams’ next drive. The Rams wouldn’t give the ball up the rest of the game. “Every play call as I was sending it in I said, ‘Two hands on the ball, two hands on the ball,’” McCollim said. The first half was an even battle until the 73-yard touchdown. The Tigers led 7-0 with 3:45 left in the first quarter after a 1-yard quarterback sneak capped off a 12-play drive. The Rams would start at their own 45-yard line and score on a 7-yard run by Holmes and get in on the 2-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead. The Tigers drove right down the field with a coupe of big plays, but a fumble inside the 5-yard line gave the Rams the ball back on their own 3-yard line. The Rams would have three plays of 15 or more yards on the drive and score from the 5-yard line on a Graham run. Atchison County fought right back and got a 19-yard run from their quarterback to tie it up at 14 apiece with 1:56 left in the half. After punts by both teams, Holmes would complete a 10-yard pass to Graham and a 73-yard pass to Lansing in 16 seconds to gain momentum and earn the playoff spot.
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