The Jonathan Alder High School football team showed poise and moxie down the stretch of a Week 3 road game at Amanda-Clearcreek Friday, Sept. 11 and came away with a hard fought 14-10 victory.
Pioneers sophomore quarterback Preston Eisnaugle capped off a strong night with a game-winning 41-yard touchdown run with just 3:44 to play in the fourth quarter.
Eisnaugle also had a hand in the team’s other score. He hooked up with tight end Trey Pugh on a 34-yard first quarter touchdown to open the scoring. Alder led 7-0 until late in the first half when the Aces’ Zach Meadows banged in a 26-yard field goal, making it 7-3 Pioneers at the half.
The home team went ahead 10-7 late in the third when Jordan Leasure plowed his way into the end zone from 1-yard away and Meadows added the PAT.
The score stayed that way until Eisnaugle’s fourth quarter clincher. The Pioneers kicked off following the go-ahead score, but unlike Week 1 when it surrendered a late-game touchdown on a long run to Marysville. The Alder defense stood tall.
For the entire game Alder’s defense was stout, particularly when it came to the ground game. The Pioneers surrendered just 117 yards on 37 Amanda carries. The Aces also threw for only 96 yards.
The Jonathan Alder (2-1) offense had its own troubles moving the ball against Amanda. The Pioneers had just 85 yards rushing on 21 carries, while it passed for 164 yards.
With the win Alder heads into Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division play with a trip to Marion Pleasant Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. The Spartans (2-1) are a high-scoring bunch, and are coming off a 34-27 overtime win over Centerburg.
In its other two games this season, Pleasant topped Dawson-Bryant 35-12 and fell 42-41 to Cincinnati Country Day.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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