OSCEOLA — The Pleasanton Blu-Jays took a break from their 11-man schedule as they traveled into Missouri to take on the 8-man Osceola Indians Friday night.
Pleasanton came into week five riding an impressive four game winning streak, defeating Yates Center, Southeast, Jayhawk-Linn and Leon-Bluestem. They continued their quality play Friday night by upending Osceola, 38-22.
With the victory Pleasanton improved to a spotless 5-0 as they head into the Class 1A District 1 portion of their schedule.
The Blu-Jays opened the contest with possession of the football, but their offense stalled, and they were forced to punt. Backed up all the way on their own 5-yard line, Osceola began their first drive. The Blu-Jays’ defense flexed their muscles early, stuffing an Osceola ball carrier for a loss. On the ensuing play, Pleasanton’s Turner Dent tackled Osceola’s quarterback Tyler Guerin in the endzone for a safety.
The next Pleasanton possession, junior running back Blake Pohlmeier took a hand-off 24-yards for a touchdown. A successful 2-point try resulted in a 10-0 lead for the Blu-Jays. Osceola would respond, putting together an impressive drive of their own. However, with the Indians threatening, Pohlmeier intercepted a Tyler Guerin’s pass to end the first quarter
Early in the second quarter Pleasanton quarterback Kaden McKee continued the offensive onslaught, keeping the ball and rushing 25-yards for a score. As time winded down in the second quarter, Osceola continued to drive on the Blu-Jays. The Indians had a 1st and goal from the 5-yard line, but the Pleasanton defense held strong, taking over on downs.
With a little over a minute remaining in the first half, Osceola connected on a big pass play that resulted in a touchdown. The 2-point conversion was good for the Indians which trimmed the Blu-Jay lead to 16-8. Not to be out done, Pleasanton’s Kaden McKee found his brother Kasen McKee streaking down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown with just 48 seconds remaining in the half. The Blu-Jays entered halftime leading the Indians 24-8.
After an explosive ending to the first half, both teams had a sluggish start to the second half. Osceola lost the ball due to fumbles on consecutive drives while Pleasanton turned it over on consecutive drives as well.
Osceola scored first in the fourth quarter, trimming the Pleasanton lead to 24-14 with a little over seven minutes to go. But just as in the first half, the Blu-Jays always had an answer on offense. This time senior standout Kaden McKee scored on a 40-yard quarterback keeper making it a 30-14 advantage for Pleasanton.
Blake Pohlmeier snatched his second interception of the night on the ensuing Indians drive and scored a rushing touchdown as the two teams traded touchdowns to end the game. Blu-Jays defensive lineman Aden Dumcum capped of the night with a bone crushing sack on the Osceola quarterback.
Looking ahead to week six, Pleasanton (5-0, 3-0 TRL) will host league foe Uniontown as Class 1A District 1 play begins.
(Photo credit to Danny Looney)