October 26, 2018—The Tigers rallied but fell short against Pleasant Hill Friday, Oct. 19.
Head Coach Mark Faubion said the Tigers, who rushed over 500 yards and scored 33 points, played well enough to win the game.
“It came down to eight plays that we needed to make offensively, defensively and special teams,” he said. “We make half of those eight plays, I think the outcome is different, but we didn’t make the big plays that came down to it.”
Junior Tae Rainey and seniors Jackson Creason and Corbyn Hutchings continued to rack up rushing yards this game with Rainey rushing 272 and Hutchings, 41. Faubion said he thinks Pleasant Hill saw the last two games in which Hatchings performed “so good,” and played him heavy. This, Faubion said, opened up Creason and allowed him to rush 205 yards.
Pleasant Hill’s Trey Clevenger began the game recovering a fumble and rushing 46 yards to score a touchdown with 5:45 left in the first quarter. Officials called the extra point good, leaving the Tigers training 7-0.
In their next drive, the Tigers rushed a total of 49 yards. When the Roosters gained the turnover, senior Dane Millsap forced Pleasant Hill’s Jake Harlan to fumble. senior Cody Shreckengost recovered the ball, turning the ball back over to Excelsior Springs.
In the second quarter, the Tigers’ Three-Headed Monster, composed of Rainey, Hutchings and Creason, rushed a combined 42 yards, setting Creason up to rush for 25 yards to the end zone. Creason’s rush attempt failed, leaving the score 7-6, Pleasant Hill with 7:18 left in the second quarter.
The Roosters answered rushing a combined 51 yards, scoring a touchdown with 6:42 left in the second quarter. The successful kick attempt left the score 14-3, Pleasant Hill.
Rainey answered rushing 47 yards to the end zone. Creason’s successful rush attempt left the score tied at 14-14 with 5:39 left in the first half.
The Tigers continues with the Three-Headed Monster rushing a combined 55 yards, resulting in Rainey scoring a touchdown with 3:08 left in the half. A failed rush attempt left the Tigers leading 20-14.
Pleasant Hill immediately answered back with Garrett Schick rushing to the end zone with 1:57 left in the first half. A successful kick attempt left the Tigers trailing at halftime 21-20.
The Roosters began the second half rushing a combined 52 yards scoring a touchdown with 10:45 left in the third quarter. A successful kick attempt left the Roosters leading 28-20.
The Tigers’ Rainey and Hutchings answered rushing a combined 38 yards, setting Rainey up for a 23-yard rush to the end zone with 8:56 left in the third quarter. Rainey’s rush attempt failed, leaving the Tigers trailing 28-26.
Pleasant Hill answered with Jaeden Grego rushing 16 yards to score a touchdown with 5:54 left in the third quarter. A successful kick left the score 35-26, Pleasant Hill.
In their next drive, Creason rushed a spectacular 93 yards, complete with a successful hurdle over a Rooster attempting to trip him, to the end zone with 4:43.
Junior Brandon Gluhm’s successful kick attempt left the score 35-33, Pleasant Hill.
The third quarter ended with Pleasant Hill’s Wyatt Bramwell successfully completing Blake Atkins 36-yard pass, scoring a touchdown with 40 seconds left in the third quarter. A failed rush attempt left the Tigers trailing 41-33.
The Tigers began the fourth quarter with Rainey, Creason and senior Marco Martin rushing a combined 53 yards. After a fourth-down turnover, the Roosters’ Garrett Schick rushed 73 yards to the end zone. After a successful kick attempt, the Tigers fell to Pleasant Hill 48-33.
The Tigers will host St. Joseph Lafayette in their first game of conference play Friday at 7 p.m. Faubion said the Tigers have faced the Fighting Irish for the past two years where the Tigers lost by one point each time. He said the Tigers feel excited to face them again and turn the tables on Lafayette.
He said he looks forward to having Tiger fans there for an exciting game.
“Playing at home in front of your home crowd, being familiar with everything is big,” he said.