The Trojans may be coming off consecutive losses after a 5-0 start, but none of that will matter tonight as they welcome the Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center Chargers to town tonight to open up postseason play.
In last week’s loss against Interstate-35, five turnovers and two failed fourth down attempts doomed Pleasantville as they couldn’t overcome them to beat the Roadrunners. Quarterback Caylor Clark threw two interceptions despite not having a single one in the first six games of the year, as well as fumbling the ball on a rushing attempt. I-35 also managed to run the ball at will without Pleasantville having much of an answer. This week against ACGC, the key to victory is clear.
The Chargers’ run the ball almost exclusively. Their leading rusher, Gavin Cornelison, will likely finish with 150 attempts on the year and may eclipse the 1000 yard mark by the end of the night. They also have other quality runners to spread the ball around to. They sit at 3-4 this season and are coming off a 50-0 win last week against West Central Valley. Two of their wins and one of their losses have come via shutout, so their performance tends to fluctuate.
Head Coach Mack Jorth sees the key, and has just one simple goal. Stop the run.
“It’s definitely no secret what they want to do. They want to line up across from you, punch you in the mouth, and run the ball down your throat. It’s a tough one to stop. We got to really be ready to play physical. We got to be very sound. We got to be disciplined in our responsibilities. We spent a lot of time all week just harking home the jobs we have to do and make sure we don’t lose sight of our jobs and do our jobs no matter what it looks like.”
Tonight’s kickoff is at 7:00. You can hear the game live on the KNIA3 stream at kniakrls.com with pregame coverage starting at 6:30.