The Jonathan Alder football team proved it has what it takes to execute under pressure situations.
The Pioneers (1-0) rallied late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, and then found a way to win it’s season opener Friday, Aug. 25 in overtime, downing visiting Marysville 35-32.
“It was a crazy finish,” Alder coach Brett Glass said.
With his team trailing 29-22, Alder senior quarterback Preston Eisnaugle marched his team the length of the field in the closing two minutes of regulation and ultimately hooked up with Dylan Devier on a 30-yard scoring strike with just :11 seconds remaining in the game, bring the Pioneers to within a pair at 29-27.
Eisnaugle lofted a 2-point conversion pass to Bryan Blacka which was complete tying the game at 29-29, sending it to the the overtime session.
In the extra period Marysville’s Thomas Wolfe connected on a 30-yard field goal making it 32-29. The Pioneers ended the game with a Eisnaugle to Blacka 11-yard touchdown pass.
The senior quarterback ended the game with 171 yards passing and three touchdowns. He had another to Blacka in the third quarter that covered 22 yards.
Alder also got a strong night on the ground from senior Jamie Dye. He rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries which included a pair of touchdown runs of 63 and 7 yards. Dalton Potts hauled in eight passes for 87 yards and Blacka finished with four catches for 56 yards.
Alder will play host to Marion Harding Friday at 7 p.m.