Pierce City manhandles Ash Grove in district play
Eagles erupt for 28 points in second quarter
Pierce City struggled to find its footing in a penalty- and turnover-ridden first half against Ash Grove in its first district game.
By halftime, the Eagles had established a 28-0 lead and left no doubt of the outcome, cruising to a 41-0 victory.
Having faced few well-oiled offenses, the Eagles had a hard time sizing up the Pirates and its scrambling quarterback, Jake Thompson. Ash Grove maintained possession for 16 plays over eight minutes in the first quarter, marching down to the Pierce City 25 before running out of steam with an incomplete pass on fourth down. On Pierce City's first play, running back Trey Sagehorn ran for 27 yards to electrify the crowd.
Even so, it wasn't until the first play of the second quarter that Sagehorn broke free for a 20-yard run for Pierce City's first score. Five plays later, the Eagles had the ball back. A Colten O'Hara pass to Jackson Kleiboeker put the Eagles in the red zone. Incomplete passes and a touchdown called back on an illegal block seemed to stymie Pierce City, until O'Hara, seeing no receivers, ran the ball in from the 15 to score. A successful two-point conversion pass to Trenton Kluck put the Eagles up 14-0 with 6 minutes left in the half.
Ash Grove's next series went backward on penalties, ending in a fumble that gave Pierce City possession on the 7. Wide receiver Clayten O'Hara ran it in on the next play, ratcheting the score to 21-0 with the kick.
The Pirates got the ball back for seven plays, then lost it on a fumble at the Pierce City 44. The Eagles went nowhere, turned the ball over on downs with 43 seconds left in the half. Thompson went back to the air for the Pirates, only to have Kluck catch him in the backfield and shake his shoulders, letting the ball fly. Linebacker Gabriel George scooped up the loose ball for the Eagles and ran 40 yards for the score as the first half ended.
O’Hara found Sagehorn for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and Sagehorn added a 5-yard run in the fourth to complete the scoring. The Eagles will host Miller in the district semifinal Friday. The Cardinal held off Marionville, 20-14 and scored the winning touchdown with 14 seconds remaining in the game.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.