Pleasant Hill — The Salem Academy Crusaders and Pleasant Hill Billies wrapped up the first week of the OSAA football season with their matchup Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t supposed to rain on Saturday, but mother nature had other plans, bringing a misty and moderate rain at times throughout the contest, making it a wet affair.
Pleasant Hill opened the game with a pair of carries for Eric Morrell, who took the second one to the house to put the Billies quickly up 7-0 with 11:15 left in the first quarter. After the next three drives resulted in punts, Morrell again took it to the end zone, this time up the right side and the Billies led 15-0 after Charles Conrad succeeded on the two point conversion. Hunter Etchinson picked off a Crusader pass, and the Billies turned it into a touchdown pass to Hayden Harris, with the score being 21-0 after the two point conversion failed. The rest of the half followed a similar trend, with the Garrett Pierce picking up a touchdown reception to kickoff the second quarter after a Salem Academy punt.
Hayden Harris, who already had a TD reception in the game, intercepted a Crusader pass that was turned into six with Mark Griffiths touchdown reception and the Billies led 35-0. Just like Harris, Eric Morrell picked it up defensively with a scoop n score, extending it to 41-0 with still seven minutes left in the second quarter. Pleasant Hill would throw another touchdown before the end of the half, obtaining a 48-0 halftime lead on the Salem Academy. The second half only featured seven drives total, as with a running clock, the teams traded punts until the Crusaders broke through with a touchdown with about two minutes left in the game but Pleasant Hill cruised to a 48-6 romp over the Salem Academy.