PCS ends season with signs of improvement
By Tim Linscott
Although it was a 55-20 loss to Bridgeport, the Perkins County football team showed some signs of gains on offense and defense Friday, Oct. 25, at home.
“I felt like at times we were able to move the ball. Our O-line has made some progress this year and I am excited to see how hard they work for next year,” PCS head football coach Carlie Wells said.
Bridgeport shook their run-heavy game plan up with 8:19 left in the first quarter when Jaime Gonzalez completed a three-yard pass to John Pappas for a TD. The Bulldogs went to the air more than usual, catching the Plainsmen a bit off guard.
“We expected them to run the ball and they threw deep, catching us trying to stop the run,” Wells said.
The point-after attempt was no good and Bridgeport led 6-0.
A blocked punt on the next possession by PCS was recovered by Leighton Freeze of Bridgeport for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and Bridgeport held a 14-0 lead.
Freeze would tack on a TD from one-yard out to put Bridgeport up 20-0 with time running out in the first quarter. Bridgeport put together a sustained drive in the second quarter and with 6:39 left in the half Gonzalez called his own number for a short TD.
Kaleb DeCora caught a 15-yard pass from Jason Amateis for a TD as the half expired to put the Bulldogs up 34-0.
Wyatt Pankowski started the third quarter scoring for Bridgeport with a seven yard run for a TD with 8:50 left in the quarter. With 3:53 left in the quarter Brandon Nichols broke free from nine yards out to score, giving the Bulldogs a 47-0 lead.
PCS was able to move the ball effectively with a solid running attack via blocking up front.
“I believe we made some progress this year. I felt like we got better in some areas and hopefully this experience will help our young kids grow,” Wells said.
With :53 left in the third quarter Christian White broke free on a quarterback-keeper to score from 26 yards out. The two-point conversion was no good and PCS was down 47-6.
Derek Sis owned the fourth quarter, slashing inside for first downs and following blocks to chew up yardage.
With 7:12 left in the game Sis used his speed to reach the secondary of Bridgeport and never looked back, racing 55-yards for a TD. Sis ran the two-point conversion in and the score stood at 47-14.
Austin Hartman scored for Bridgeport from nine-yards out with 3:41 left.
Behind solid blocking up front and from the receiving corps of PCS, Sis was able to go 21-yards for a TD with :32 left in the game for his second score of the night.
Plainsmen quarterback Christian White was 2 for 7 for 12 yards and two interceptions.
Leading rusher for PCS was Sis with 196 yards on 28 attempts with two touchdowns. He averaged 7 yards a carry in the game.
Top receiver was Kaleb Vak with one catch for 14 yards.
Timothy Johnson led PCS on defense with 10 solo and seven assisted tackles while Chris Throckmorton had five solo and one assisted stop.
Trevor Walker had seven assisted and one solo tackle against the Bulldogs while Tim McClung had four solo tackles.
Wells saw improvement in the squad in his first year at the helm of the Plainsmen and is eager for next season.
“I saw our kids continue to play and show heart. I also found out what type of players we have here. It will make it easier next season to better evaluate our players and positions,” Wells said.