PLATTSMOUTH – Plattsmouth athletes faced a crossroads Friday night when they found themselves down by two scores against Ralston.
The Blue Devils steered their way onto a winning football path with a big comeback against the Rams.
Plattsmouth rallied from an 18-7 deficit to defeat Ralston 28-18. PHS won its Homecoming game with a team effort on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Plattsmouth outscored the Rams 21-0 in the final 30 minutes of action.
PHS (2-5) won at home for the second time this year. The victory also allowed the team to move into playoff contention. Plattsmouth is currently tied with Lexington for 16th place in Class B wild-card point standings.
Ralston (4-3) seized the early momentum when Isaac Dannehl found Michael Heig for a 67-yard touchdown play in the first minute. The teams then traded touchdowns to end the first quarter with a 12-7 score.
The Rams converted a 51-yard touchdown play to go ahead 18-7 with 8:35 left in the second quarter. Plattsmouth stamped out Ralston’s energy after that. PHS scored late in the second quarter and then produced a touchdown drive in the third quarter. The team sealed the victory with a touchdown late in the final period.
Connor Pohlmeier guided Plattsmouth’s offense with 157 yards on 31 carries. He averaged 5.1 yards per attempt and generated a pair of touchdowns. Tucker Anderson ran 12 times for 56 yards and one touchdown. He also went 4-of-5 passing for 64 yards and one score.
Jayden Wooten finished with 28 rushing yards, Adam Eggert ran for 11 yards and Wynstyn Martin-Morrison tallied six rushing yards. Andrew Rathman caught two passes for 39 yards and Hunter Adkins hauled in two receptions for 25 yards.
Rathman, Aaronn Aho and Sam West all made two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Rathman collected five solo and four assisted tackles and Aho produced four solo and two assisted stops with one sack. West made two solo and three assisted plays for the Blue Devils.
Devin Pfeifer blocked one kick and generated four solo and three assisted tackles. Tim Prokupek made one sack and Adkins and Dylan Mayfield each produced two solo tackles. Anderson made two solo and three assisted stops, Colton Rankin had four assisted tackles and Trevor Nielsen posted three assisted stops.
Mayfield and Eggert both shifted field position in Plattsmouth’s favor with their work on special teams. Mayfield averaged 46.2 yards on five kickoffs and had one touchback. Eggert averaged 42.3 yards on three punts and pinned Ralston inside the 20-yard line once.
Plattsmouth will resume its season Oct. 12 with a 7 p.m. game against Waverly. The teams will play their district matchup at Waverly.
Ralston 12 6 0 0 – 18
Plattsmouth 7 7 7 7 – 28