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Mt. Pleasant freshmen win, JV falls in nail-biters

Sep 19, 2017

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


High School football at Mt. Pleasant has seen plenty of barn-burners in the early weeks of the 2017 season. The close games kept coming this weekend as freshman and junior varsity teams played a couple of tight games against Oskaloosa.

The freshman team beat the Indians in a thrilling 26-20 game on Friday night when Jack Johnson pushed through the line on fourth and inches to give the Panthers a 26-20 win. The JV squad made a couple of incredible plays on special teams but couldn’t quite pull off the win, falling 16-14.

The Freshman team led 20-14 at halftime but Oskaloosa tied the game at 20-20 before the Panthers scored on Johnson’s run late in the fourth. Johnson finished the game 5-5 with 55 passing yards, 51 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Brennan Bender had 88 yards rushing, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Avery Scandridge had 78 yards and one touchdown. Chase Williamson had an 18-yard touchdown reception and both Mitchell Moothart and Sawyer Carrasco had over 20 yards of total offense.

Bender led the freshman defense with eight tackles in the win. Williamson had five tackles. Johnson and David Watson each had four tackles, and Mason Mills finished with two tackles and one interception.

The junior varsity team trailed 9-0 at half but put together a great effort in the final two quarters. Bryce Anderson scored on a quarterback keeper and the two-point conversion made it 9-8, but Oskaloosa stretched it to 16-8 with another score of their own.

After a crucial stop in the fourth quarter, Tate Shull took a punt return all the way to the endzone for a 46-yard special teams score. The Panthers weren’t able to convert on the two point conversion but recovered an onside kick. The Panthers couldn’t come up with the last score, however, and walked out with a two-point loss.

Anderson was 8-12 for 121 ayrds and had 39 yards rushing. Shull finished with 122 all-purpose yards and Logan Bass had 67 all-purpose yards of his own.

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