Archive for Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Pleasant Ridge ends MHS playoff hopes

October 27, 2004

There was a bright spot in McLouth's game Friday against Pleasant Ridge.

Yes, the Rams certainly came into the Bulldog Sports Complex and blanked MHS, 41-0.

But in the process, junior running back Kevin Stewart surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. He hit 1,041 yards for the season with 50 yards against PRHS.

The Rams (8-0 overall and 7-0 in the Delaware Valley League) wrapped up their first DVL title with the road victory. Now, the showdown for the district title will be Thursday when Pleasant Ridge faces Immaculata.

PRHS got started against McLouth in the first quarter with a 4-yard Chris Barnes run.

Kyle Powers had a 5-yard touchdown run and then Barnes had a 15-yard run as the Rams held a 21-0 lead going into the half.

As MHS coach Harry Hester said about preparing for Pleasant Ridge, the team does nothing fancy, but runs the ball right at the opposing team.

The Rams added three more rushing touchdowns in the second half -- all five yards or less -- as Pleasant Ridge cruised.

Now 4-4 on the season and 0-2 in district play, the Bulldogs will not be making a playoff appearance this year.

However, MHS has a chance to take a big step forward in its program with a win Thursday against Maur Hill-Mount Academy.

A victory would give the Bulldogs a winning season. That would be a major accomplishment for a team that entered the season with a 20-game losing skid.

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